It has been no secret that Russia is building up its forces in the Arctic region as the Kremlin covets and wants to protect future access to the natural resources in the region.
Russia is also actively preparing to militarize its eastern coastline with large numbers of troops to be garrisoned from near the U.S. border in Alaska to the Kuril Islands in the south, currently disputed with Japan. The new forces scheduled to arrive in 2018 will be as close as 85km to the US border.
Speaking at a Defense Ministry meeting on Tuesday, Sergei Shoigu confirmed that “there are plans to form a coastal defense division in 2018 on the Chukotka operational direction.” Continue reading
On March 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin, issued a military order to 38,000 troops to launch a massive arctic exercise. Continue reading
While the West has primarily been focused on Russia’s recent actions in eastern Europe, Moscow has continued with its plans to militarize the Arctic. Russia’s strategic goals in the Arctic are to secure current and potential energy resources located in the region and to maintain military superiority above the Arctic Circle. Although the threat of armed conflict among the Arctic powers remains low, the U.S. should consider the implications of Russian militarization in the region in light of Moscow’s recent aggression in Ukraine. Continue reading
The Arctic is now a no-go for ‘unwanted guests’ and this latest Russian move will securely pave the way for a northern attack route against the West.
The command staff of the brigade is taking advanced training at military training centers
MOSCOW, December 10. /TASS/. Forces of the Western, Central and Eastern Military Districts will be transferred to the new united strategic command in the Arctic by December 15.
The entire Northern Fleet will be transferred to the command, a high-ranking defense ministry source told TASS on Wednesday. Continue reading
Russia has been reported to be creating underwater combat robots that are geared to protect its oilrigs and transportation networks as it expands its hold over in the Arctic region.
Vitaly Davydov, deputy general director of the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects, and chairman of the foundation’s Scientific and Technological Board, told Interfax-AVN the underwater gadgets will be designed as capable of protecting Russian infrastructure as well as controlling the waters around the region. It will also be equipped for detecting, tracking and, “if necessary, destroying a potential enemy.” He added the machinery will be deployed on the sea bottom and aboard specialised submersibles. Continue reading
MOSCOW, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — Russia’s Northern Fleet will test a modernized anti-submarine aircraft, the Il-38N, which could be used in the Arctic region, a military official said Sunday.
“The plane has been enhanced with new generation detachable hydroacoustic and magnetic beacons that surpass their Western counterparts in a range of ways,” the RIA Novosti news agency quoted the fleet’s spokesman, Vadim Serga, as saying. Continue reading