Danish intelligence using space satellites discovered a large military airfield in the Arctic. It is reported that construction is underway on the island of Alexandra Land, which is part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago. The new airfield will become one of the most northern, most expensive and possibly useless military facilities in the world.
According to Russian military sources, the construction of this airfield has been ongoing since 2017. Its infrastructure will allow year-round reception of almost all types of military aircraft. A year ago, an air commandant’s office, a radar company, an anti-aircraft missile battalion of the Pantsir-C1 air defense systems, a military aviation guidance point were set up here, as well as aircraft parking lots, including indoor heated hangars for the Su-34, which serve here in personnel on duty. In addition, a storage facility for aircraft bombs and missiles was built, designed to deliver massive strikes against a potential enemy.
At the airfields!
Particularly noteworthy are the work on lengthening the already existing runway from 2,500 to 3,500 meters. Initially, it was reported that this airfield was designed to provide for the landing of cargo IL-76 and IL-78 tankers, as well as front-line aircraft, - the new strip will allow receiving all types of combat aircraft, including MiG-31 fighter interceptors, which today removed from storage, modernized and entered service with aviation units of the Northern Fleet. This type of aircraft is capable of developing tremendous speeds, entering the stratosphere and destroying there both aircraft of a probable enemy and missiles of various classes, up to ballistic ones. At the same time, apparently, a so-called jump airfield is being created for strategic Tu-160 bombers. Thus, from the new airfield, airplanes will be able to quickly get to northeastern Greenland and use long-range cruise missiles to attack, for example, the main US military base in Greenland - Tula.
Russia has been increasing its military presence in the Arctic over the past 10 years. In December 2014, the Northern Fleet combined strategic command was established with a base in Severomorsk. This year, his status was increased to a military district and it received under its control the territories and military units allocated from the Western military district. Then the Arctic group was strengthened by troops of the Central and Eastern military districts located in the Arctic.