Units of Russian Arctic Trefoil military base, 30 Mar 17

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Arctic Trefoil base: Particular design options have been used to deal with the extreme climate

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.

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President Putin (left) toured the brand new base final month

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.

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The massive complicated is everlasting and has loads of vitality and storage capability

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.