Russian Military Planes Fly Over Pole to N America for 1st Time Since Soviet Era

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

In a first since Soviet times, anti-submarine aircraft have flown over the North Pole to the North American continent, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.

Sergei Shoigu said that the board of the Russian Defense Ministry will consider the implementation of the plan for the activities of the Northern Fleet in light of the May 2012 presidential decrees.

“The Ministry of Defense continues the rearmament of formations and military units. The construction of facilities for their placement is underway. The share of modern weapons and military equipment in the fleet reached 46% by the beginning of this year,” he said.

“At the same time, the Arctic direction remains one of the priorities for us. So, last year the Northern Fleet received 1,090 modern weapons and military equipment, including five combat boats, seven support vessels, nine aircraft and ten air defense radar complexes,” the minister added.

According to him, “this year the fleet received the icebreaker ‘Ilya Muromets’, the transfer of the logistics support ship ‘Elbrus’ is underway.”

“During the exercises, units of the Arctic brigade exercised the landing of troops from landing ships along the unequipped coast and conducted raiding operations on the islands of the Arctic archipelagos,” the minister recalled.

“Construction of unique military campuses of a closed cycle, built using the latest technologies in the Franz Josef Land archipelago, and the Novosibirsk islands, is nearing completion,” Shoigu stressed.

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