Ships, tanks and aircraft in a large-scale Russian exercise in the Arctic
MOSCOW, ($1=72.94 Russian Rubles) – About 50 ships, 120 aircraft, and helicopters, about 8 thousand servicemen are involved in exercises in the Arctic, which began the Russian Northern Fleet, the press service of the fleet said on Thursday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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“The practical actions of the Northern Fleet forces will take place in the waters of the Barents, Kara, Chukchi and East Siberian Seas, the Laptev Sea, in the area of the New Siberian Islands, the Frans Josef Land archipelago,” the message says.
“At one of the stages of the exercise, the forces of the Northern Fleet will carry out practical actions to protect the communications of the Northern Sea Route, protect and defend the garrisons of the fleet, study possible areas of hostilities and conditions for the use of diverse fleet forces in the western and eastern Arctic sea zones,” the fleet said.
According to the Northern Fleet, the exercise, which involves the creation of an Arctic grouping, involves up to 8 thousand servicemen, about 800 units of military and special equipment: over 40 tanks, 460 armored combat vehicles, up to 240 guns, mortars, and multiple launch rocket systems, about 120 aircraft and up to 50 ships and support vessels.
The Northern Fleet began exercises against the backdrop of the strategic Russian-Belarusian maneuvers “West-2021” that started on Thursday.
Fleet Commander Alexander Moiseev is in charge of the Northern Fleet exercises.
The press service of the Northern Fleet reported that during the exercises of the fleet, the issues of ensuring the safety of sea communications and areas of maritime economic activity of the Russian Federation in the water area of the Northern Sea Route will be worked out.
The report notes that the Northern Fleet will have to work out the issues of “managing the Arctic expeditionary group during joint special operations to isolate areas of operation, block and destroy terrorists, prohibit and eliminate the supply routes of illegal armed formations by aviation and air defense units.”
According to the military, during the exercise, units of the land and coastal forces, air defense forces of the Northern Fleet moved to train grounds in the Murmansk region. Air defense units – combat crews of the S-300 and S-400 air defense systems, as well as the Pantsir S-1 anti-aircraft missile and gun systems – entered the positional areas from the permanent deployment points.
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