Contents tagged with Arctic

  • Russian warplanes intervene into NATO’s Arctic exercise

    The Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that Russian Anti-Submarine Aviation recently detected NATO’s submarines carrying out tactical drills in the Arctic.  Two maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare aircrafts Tu-142 (NATO’s reporting name: Bear) had spotted and followed nuclear submarines of the Armed Forces of the United States and the United Kingdom participating in the Ice Exercise 2018 large-scale war games in the Beaufort Sea.

    Izvestia reports that the Russian warplanes also …

  • Putin: Russia's military bases in Arctic established for good

    Russia will not threaten anyone with weapons from the Arctic but it will ensure its security based on its territorial strength, stated Russian President Vladimir Putin in the documentary titled “Putin” by Andrey Kondrashov.

    The Russian leader noted that Russians have not only returned to the Arctic but “have settled again and firmly.” The newest system for tracking launches of rockets has been set up on an air defense base established in the Arctic region. The airfield is being constructed on …

  • US begins submarine exercises in Arctic

    The US Navy has begun a five-week submarine exercise off the north coast of Alaska. The “Ice Exercises 2018” or ICEX18 will involve breaking through Arctic ice and the collection of scientific data.

    “We are constantly testing new tactics, techniques and procedures under the ice, and this exercise will enable us to do this on a larger scale, alongside our British and academic partners,” said Rear Admiral James Pitts, commander of the Undersea Warfare Development Center.The Navy will establish a …

  • Media: Russia intends to cut financing of its Arctic development program by 17 times

    The strategic state program for the development of the Arctic, which is overseen by the Ministry of Economic Development, was conceived as a large-scale project for the development of the region. The department asked to allocate 209 billion rubles ($354 million) for its implementation through 2020, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Alexander Tsybulsky, said at the end of January. However, as RBC wrote in May, following a series of meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, …

  • Russia to create four artificial islands in the Arctic

    According to the decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on Saturday, June 17 on the Russian government's website, four artificial islands will be created in the Kola Bay of the Barents Sea.  

    A center will be built on these artificial islands for the manufacture of marine complexes for production, storage and shipment of liquefied natural gas, as well as repair and maintenance of marine equipment and equipment used to develop offshore oil and gas condensate fields. …

  • Russia will create in the Arctic research and experimental center for the military

    The Russian Defense Ministry plans to establish a research and experimental scientific center in the Arctic this year, according to Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev, Chairman of the Military Scientific Committee of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    "On the order of the President, as part of the development of the Arctic zone in 2017, it is planned to create a research and experimental Arctic scientific center. It is planned to establish the center's …

  • Media: Russia plans to cut financing for the Arctic development program by 75 percent

    The Russian Ministry of Economic Development proposed that the expenditure on the state Arctic development program be reduced from 209.7 billion rubles ($3.6 billion) to 50.9 billion, which will mean the exclusion of a number of infrastructural projects from it. This was reported by the RBC, citing a participant in a meeting on the socioeconomic development of the Arctic zone held by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on April 14.

    The department is proposing to downsize the program between …

  • Russia shows Arctic air defense systems during military parade in Moscow

    Moscow showcased air defense systems capable of operating in sub-zero Arctic temperatures.

    The Arctic technology – the Tor-M2DT anti-aircraft missile system and the Pantsir-SA anti-aircraft missile and gun system, painted in white and gray – were showcased for the first time, Russian news agency TASS reported.

    The Tor-M2DT anti-aircraft missile system is an Arctic version of the Tor-M2 system. It is mounted on a DT-30 caterpillar conveyor and has a range of at least 15 kilometers of airspace …

  • State Department: The probability of a conflict between the U.S. and Russia in the Arctic is low

    The probability of a conflict between the United States and Russia in the Arctic remains low, according to the State Department, as reported by RIA Novosti, citing comments made at a briefing on the Arctic Council Ministerial on May 8, 2017, by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries for International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, David A. Balton.

    According to him, the threat of an armed conflict remains "low in the Arctic compared to many other places in the world." In …

  • Russia deploys new S-400 missile systems in Arctic

    Before the end of 2017, Russia will deploy two new S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems in the Arctic, announced General-Major Sergey Moskvichev, commander of the first anti-aircraft division.

    “Since 2015, an S-400 system has been deployed at the Kola Peninsula. This year the same anti-aircraft missile system will take over the standby duty in the Archangelsk region, and another will go to the Kola Peninsula,” he said in an interview for the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

    Moskvichev …