Guests to the Russian defence ministry web site can now take a “digital tour” of a brand new navy base in a distant area of the Arctic.
Such media openness contrasts markedly with Russia’s conventional navy secrecy. Nevertheless, the tour doesn’t present any new navy .
The Arctic Trefoil everlasting base is in Franz Josef Land, an enormous ice-covered, desolate archipelago.
The Russian navy sees the resource-rich Arctic as a key strategic area.
President Vladimir Putin visited the brand new base, on Alexandra Land, final month.
It’s constructed on stilts – to assist face up to the intense chilly – and can home 150 personnel on 18-month excursions of obligation. Winter temperatures usually plunge to minus 40C.
Masking 14,000sq m (151,000sq ft), it’s the second Putin-era Arctic base to be constructed for air defence models. The primary base to be accomplished was Northern Clover on Kotelny Island, additional east.
A navy airstrip can be beneath building in Franz Josef Land, known as Nagurskoye.
Russia is constructing 4 different Arctic navy bases – at Rogachevo, Cape Schmidt, Wrangel and Sredniy.
Consultants say the melting of Arctic sea ice – usually attributed to local weather change – is making the polar seas extra accessible for delivery. That would make it simpler to prospect for untapped vitality and minerals within the area.
The 360-degree digital tour exhibits the primary residing quarters at Arctic Trefoil, together with a central five-storey atrium. The “trefoil” identify refers back to the primary block’s three wings.
The bottom is self-sufficient in electrical energy, and geared up with a clinic, library, chapel, gymnasium and cinema.
A navy skilled quoted by RIA information company, Col (Rtd) Viktor Litovkin, stated Russia was pursuing a number of strategic targets within the Arctic:
- Management of worldwide delivery on the Northern Sea Route, together with offering alerts about icebergs and extreme climate
- Defending Russian oil and fuel assets within the Arctic
- Defending Russia towards any intrusion by overseas warships and missile threats.