Ten Military Airfields to Be Built in Russian Arctic

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The Federal Agency For Special Construction Spetsstroy is currently overseeing the construction of ten airfields, according to a Defense Ministry statement, Izvestia reported.

Infrastructure in the Far North, Siberia and Far East regions is currently being developed to serve over 20,000 military personnel and their families, as well as ministry employees.

Over 100,000 tons of supplies is expected to be shipped this year to over 150 locations including lighthouses, islands, and others with outlying garrisons and military bases.

Severomorsk-1, Alexandra Land, Rogachevo, Tiksi and Temp airfields will all be renovated as part of this project and the reconstruction of five more airports is currently in the design and surveying stage.

The Russian military had been ramping up interest in the Arctic in the last few years. A number of facilities, abandoned in early 1990s following the dissolution of the USSR, are now scheduled for restoration.

In December of 2014 the Defense Ministry used the Northern Fleet as a base for the North, the new unified joint strategic command. The new military body is expected to coordinate Defense Ministry efforts in the Arctic region.