Antonov Muddy Takeoff

14 11 2012

Another superb example of Russian/Soviet engineering conquering the wild and rough environment of northern Russia.

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31 Oct 12 – News Update

31 10 2012

The Northern Fleet’s naval infantry earlier this autumn conducted Russia’s first ever amphibious landing on the Arctic archipelago of the New Siberian Islands.

Canada consults the industry on in-service support for National Defence’s Arctic offshore patrol ships and joint support ships
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=703799&crtr.tp1D=1

Canadian Forces SAR Personnel Receive Gallantry Award
http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2012/10/23/canadian-forces-sar-personnel-receive-gallantry-award/

Communication Breakdown Between Police and Citizens in Canadian Arctic
http://eyeonthearctic.rcinet.ca/home/canada/45-society/2527-include-communities-in-crime-prevention-says-arctic-canadian-politician

Finland to join patrols of Icelandic airspace
http://eyeonthearctic.rcinet.ca/home/finland/55-geopolitics/2554-finland-to-join-patrols-of-icelandic-airspace

Swedish air force to defend Iceland
http://eyeonthearctic.rcinet.ca/home/sweden/103-geopolitics/2541-swedish-air-force-to-defend-iceland

Icelandic air patrolling stirs reactions
http://eyeonthearctic.rcinet.ca/component/content/article/73-geopolitics/2558-icelandic-air-patrolling-stirs-reactions

Russian Navy landing operation in the Arctic
http://barentsobserver.com/en/security/navy-landing-operation-arctic-25-10





Development of Russia’s Arctic Brigade

7 10 2011

According to Russian media – ITAR-TASS:

MOSCOW, Oct. 7. / SPB-TASS /. Russian Arctic team will be formed on the basis of existing connections, they will be placed in places of permanent deployment and launch from there to perform the tasks specified in the Arctic. Itar-Tass reported today Deputy Defense Minister Army General Dmitry Bulgakov.

“On the basis of existing connections will be established precisely established team, which will be designed to perform tasks in the Arctic zone. Their combat training will be focused precisely on this,” – said the official.

“You can not seriously think that some team will be planted between the Arctic icebergs in the far north and it will sit there and wait for problems – Bulgakov said. – Of course not, the team will have their places of permanent deployment, as well as other compounds of our army where it will kick about or leave their own power to perform the tasks in those areas that it will be shown. ”

Noting that the place of permanent deployment of the Arctic teams in November will determine the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Deputy Defense Minister said, “Where would this team nor was stationed, their tasks to ensure Russia’s security, it will perform in the Far North in the Arctic zone. That is why this team should be properly equipped and equipped. ”

Bulgakov explained that it was a new military and special equipment, uniforms and nutrition personnel. “It is clear that the form of clothes and food of Arctic Brigade soldiers are not the same as that of ordinary combined arms brigades. In particular, in severe frosts personnel need a special dress and a completely different food for calories, energy and nutritional value,” – said Bulgakov. He did not elaborate on what specific products in question, but recalled that already in-arms rations introduced bacon and bread baking instead of special biscuits. “Tu calorie content, which is necessary, we will provide,” – he said.

Speaking of technology, which will be equipped with Arctic Brigade, Deputy Minister noted that “it’s not just the current technology, there are many new things.” “If the old equipment has characteristics that allow its use in the Far North, we will pick up, but the technique in the transfer will be different teams for cross-country, power, resistance to frost,” – he explained.

September 12 Bulgakov, ITAR-TASS reported that the military equipment, which will be equipped with Arctic Brigade, “will be able to pass through the deep snow and operate at temperatures of minus 50 degrees and below.” In November, on the basis of all decisions taken by the leadership of the Ministry of Defense on manning and securing the Arctic teams to the Russian public will be communicated and carried out detailed information display of advanced technology and equipment, including weapons and equipment of these teams.

As previously reported, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, the Arctic is one of the teams will be formed on the basis of a separate motorized rifle brigade of the Western Military District, headquartered stationed in Pechenga / Murmansk region, the northern part of the Kola Peninsula.





Video of exploding methane gas below ice in Siberia

23 11 2010

This video from Russia Today shows how easy it is to access methane gas locked under Siberian ice.

According to RT methane gas locked inside Siberia’s frozen soil and under its lakes is currently being released at a dangerous rate. Russian scientists believe it can pose threat to the world’s climate, however the lack of data over a long period of time casts uncertainty over the extent of the threat.

More than 50 billion tons of methane could be unleashed from Siberian lakes according to RT.





Russia Conducts Emergency Rescue Drills on Franz Josef Land

17 11 2010

Emergency rescue drills are essential in the Arctic, as the training prepares the Russian border guard and Emergencies Ministry to protect and provide safety for people at its northwestern border.

But some see these rescue exercises as a sign to show who really has control over the region.

Something goes wrong with the plane flying over the Arctic and it makes an emergency landing on Franz Josef Land, in the middle of the ocean. There are dead and injured. Pilots call for help.

Rescuers from the mainland are coming. But border guards from Russia’s northernmost frontier post on the archipelago are first to the scene.

These drills are very life-like – it not only can happen, but it already has. The wreckage used in the training is the actual ruins of a plane that crashed here in the 1990s. Then no one was hurt, but as usual, the training exercises suppose the worst.

The event is unique, as for the first time ever, Russia’s border forces and Emergencies Ministry are training together in the country’s extreme regions. And they are immensely important regarding security in the Arctic.

“The tourism here is booming,” said border guard Aleksey Volsky. “Almost 2 million flow into this land every year. With the Arctic’s further development there will be even more people here, tourists or explorers. We have to provide safety for all.”

Meanwhile skeptics say that the drills’ purpose is nothing but to demonstrate who is ruling the Arctic, amid a harsh battle for this resource-rich region between the states that border it – an accusation Russia does not agree with.

“The drills show that we have the forces and means to be able and ready to react to emergencies in the region,” said Deputy Emergencies Minister Aleksandr Chupriyan. “Nationality doesn’t matter  – it can help Russians and foreigners equally. This is international security here that we test.”

Experts say the Arctic can divide countries in a chase for this land’s immense natural resources, but it could just as well unite them.

“Russia is of course responsible for ecology there, for exploitation of the region and rescue operations and so on and so on,” stated Professor Lev Voronkov from the Moscow State University of International Relations. “No one country in the world is able to accumulate the financial resources and other means to resolve alone the problems existing in the Arctic. So we are voting for cooperation in the Arctic, for sure.”

If so, these first drills will not be the last … and may soon change these operations from being national to international in nature.

Source: Russia Today





Russia Begins Three-Day CSX in Siberia and Far East

25 10 2010

On October 25, 2010 37th Air Army (37 Vozdushnaya Armiya) of the High Supreme Command (Strategic Purpose), successor to the Russian Long-Range Aviation (LRA or ДА), began a large three-day command-staff exercise (CSX or КШУ) under Air Forces CINC General-Colonel Aleksandr Zelin’s direction. 

The CSX involves units from Siberia, the Far East, but also Lipetsk, and 40 aircraft including the Tu-160, Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS, Il-78, A-50, MiG-29, MiG-31, and Su-27SM.  They will operate both from their home and temporary bases, and fly over central Russia, the Far East, and extreme northern parts of the Russian Federation. 

50 crews will control the airspace for the exercise.  Il-78 tankers will conduct mid-air refueling, and ranges at Pemboy near Vorkuta and at Nogotay in Irkutsk Oblast will be used for missile launches and other weapons training.

Source: Russian Defence Policy Blog





Russian Alaska: Tea & Banya in the Great Land

25 10 2010

Once it was a part of Russian territory. There are still reminders to this day: children wearing Russian national costumes, people with Russian names and many Orthodox churches built here. However, more than 140 years ago it became US territory, though today some Americans do not know about its Russian past. It was called a Box of Ice, a Polar Bear Garden, but in the language of indigenous peoples, the word Alaska means The Great Land.








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