Tank units of Chechnya rearmed with upgraded T-72B3

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All tank units of the Southern Military District motorized infantry compounds stationed in Chechnya, have been fully rearmed with the T-72B3 modernized tanks under the state procurement, the press service of the district reported.

On Thursday 29 units of T-72B3 tanks arrived in one of the mechanized infantry units in Chechnya.

On December 1, with the advent of the new academic year, tank crews on new tanks will start to prepare for firings.

The upgraded T-72B3 is equipped with the “Sosna-U” modern fire control system.

Arctic patrol to be creates in Yamal and local police officers to use deer

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By 2016, a motorized infantry brigade will appear in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District in the Arctic, said governor Dmitry Kobylkin turning his annual report to the deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the District.

“The task of the infantry is coastal patrol, defense of facilities and areas along the coasts of the northern seas and the Arctic Ocean, maintenance and support of ships during their passage through the Northern Sea Route, – said Kobylkin. – At the same time, we are strengthening the security of the district.”

According to spokesperson of the Interior Forces press-service Colonel Vasily Panchenkov, now the possibility of using deer in the police departments’ work is also worked out. It is planned to send Nordic animals for service in remote areas where it is impossible to get to the scene of the crime in the usual transport.

Russia’s Northern Fleet ships returned from trip to Arctic

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A detachment of the Northern Fleet ships, led by the large anti-submarine ship “Admiral Levchenko” completed the long march to the Arctic on Thursday, having arrived in Severomorsk, told reporters Thursday representative of the Fleet Captain First Rank Vadim Serga.

The trip of the detachment, consisting of six warships and support vessels, to the New Siberian Islands archipelago began on September 6th. Seamen traveled more than 4,000 nautical miles from the Barents Sea to the New Siberian Islands archipelago and back.

Northern Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Korolev, who attended the welcoming ceremony of the ship detachment, said that “the personnel who took part in the Arctic expedition, successfully solved all the tasks, once again proving that the Russian Navy is the guarantor of strategic stability and allows to protect economic and political interests of Russia at any point of the world’s oceans”.

Northern Fleet ships delivered 3,000 tons of cargo to New Siberian Islands

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A detachment of the Northern Fleet warships and support vessels completed the tasks in the New Siberian Islands archipelago, bringing to the Arctic about 3 thousand tons of cargo, and took a course to permanent bases, navy spokesman Vadim Serga reported.

Northern Fleet ships led by the large anti-submarine ship “Admiral Levchenko”, arrived in the Arctic Stakhanovtsev Gulf, located off the west coast of the New Siberian Islands archipelago Kotelniy on September15. On the same day “George” and “Kondopoga” ships arrived at the Kotelniy island.

The task Force of the Northern Fleet, delivered to the New Siberian Islands archipelago on September 23 took part in the exercise for the protection of the island zone and the sea coast of Russia in the Arctic, in collaboration with a large anti-submarine ship “Admiral Levchenko”, having successfully executed complex air defense and missile firings.

Russia to hold air exercises in the Arctic

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Fighters, bombers, transport and army aviation of the Western Military District will be involved in tactical flight exercises in the Arctic region, said head of the press service of the district Oleg Kochetkov.

“As part of the teachings flight crews will work out joint actions for the protection of air borders, intercepting aerial targets, air strikes at ground targets, as well as escaping the air and air defense systems attacks. All tasks will be performed both in the dark and during daylight hours, as well as in different weather conditions, “- he said.

According to Kochetkov, exercise will involve 25 crews. The MiG-31BM and Su-24M crews during exercises will patrol the region along the Northern Sea Route. Pilots of the Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft will work out exploration, target detection and target designation.

Russia to Build Military Infrastructure on Arctic Ocean Islands

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A convoy of vessels will sail to Russia-controlled islands in the Arctic Ocean to continue the efforts towards securing Russian economic interests in the Arctic, a military official said.

1“It’s not just about the building of military infrastructure; there are plans for research, hydrography and detailing of navigation conditions,” representative of the command of Russia’s Northern Fleet says.

“The task force will visit Frantz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya, New Siberian Islands and Wrangel Island,” representative of the command of Russia’s Northern Fleet Capitan Andrei Korablyov told a news conference at ITAR-TASS on the occasion of Day of the Polar Worker marked in Russia on Wednesday.

The year 2013 became pivotal in the operation of Russia’s armed forces in the Arctic thanks to the cruise of Northern Fleet’s warships to the New Siberian Islands, the renovation of the Temp airfield and establishment of aviation commandant’s offices,” Korablyov said. “This work will continue, but it’s not just about the building of military infrastructure; there are plans for research, hydrography and detailing of navigation conditions.”

2“All these efforts are aimed at preserving the Northern Sea Route as Russia’s national transport system,” the naval official said.

“Russia is returning to the Arctic, but in entirely different conditions,” deputy dean of the department for international relations of St Petersburg State University Dmitry Baryshnikov said. “Instead of the uninhabited territory which seafarers saw in the 18th and 19 centuries, it became a centre of geopolitical interests. We haven’t’ been alone there for a long time.”

His colleague Natalya Markushina added that “not only Russia, but also the USA has an Arctic development doctrine” but that their doctrine “does not account for Russian interests in the region.”

8A two-volume book titled “Securing Russian National Interests in the Arctic” was shown to journalists. It packs scientific approaches to developing the region in modern conditions with an emphasis on human personality, comfortable living conditions and preservation of the cultures of 42 peoples inhabiting the region.

Meanwhile Russia’s Northern Fleet is planning new expeditions to the Arctic regions this summer, a spokesman for the fleet has said.

“This year we intend to continue laying the route through the temporarily forgotten water regions of the Arctic seas,” Andrei Korablev said at a roundtable on securing Russia’s national interests in the Arctic.

3The fleet is planning expeditions to the islands of Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya, the New Siberian Islands and Wrangel Island. “We will continue to study the Arctic Ocean, conduct scientific research and meteorological observations, study the navigation and hydrographic conditions, correct charts and sailing directions, survey the geodetic stations in the Arctic, as well as explore the areas of navigation for ships of non-ice class,” Korablev said.

The studies are to be carried out not only in the interests of the military, but also to ensure maritime economic activities in the Russian Arctic, as well as to preserve the Northern Sea Route as a national transport system.

4“In addition, we plan to create military infrastructure on almost all the islands and archipelagos of the Arctic Ocean in order to create a unified system of monitoring the air, surface and underwater conditions,” Korablev noted.

Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated on April 22 that Russia is also actively engaged in the Arctic region to protect its national security and economic interests.

The Russian Defense Ministry has already announced plans to reopen airfields and ports on the New Siberian Islands and the Franz Josef Land archipelago, as well as at least seven airstrips on the continental part of the Arctic Circle that were mothballed in 1993.