Satellite images reveal Russian navy’s massive rearmament on Arctic Kola Peninsula / The Barents Observer

Satellite images reveal Russian navy’s massive rearmament on Arctic Kola Peninsula / The Barents Observer / September 16, 2018

VSF: The BARENTS Observer (as in the Arctic Barents Sea) is an excellent resource to learn what is occurring in the newly cleared Russian Arctic. Russia has been increasingly building military infrastructure on its Arctic lands.

“Russia has also upgraded its docking facilities in Murmansk (one of its few ice-free ports) as a home for the new icebreaker vessels it is constructing. Existing air bases have been upgraded to improve coverage over the Arctic. Since 2015 Russia has equipped six new bases in the region, both on the mainland and on islands. These have included airbases on the islands of Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya, Wrangel Island, Kotelny Island and Novaya Zemlya. In addition, the Russian Navy has created a permanent base on Kotelny Island and, in 2016, it inaugurated its new facilities on Alexandra Land Islands.

“Moscow has deployed two long range S-400 regiments to Novaya Zemlya and the port of Tiksi alongside short range surface-to-air Pantsir-S1 systems to protect them. Arctic bases have also been reinforced with P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship missiles. The 99th Arctic Tactical Group has been permanently deployed to Kotelny Island and two other formations, the 200th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade and the 80th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade, have been converted into Arctic Brigades. Both formations appear stationed in the Murmansk Oblast and seem to be equipped with two-tiered tractors, snowmobiles and other vehicles, including the DT-30P Vityaz articulated track vehicle.

“The Northern Sea Route: An important aspect of the opening up of the region as a result of climate change has been the decrease in the ice cover of the Arctic seas which allows for the transit of ice-class commercial vessels to pass through from Europe to Asia. This reduces the sailing time and allows for delivery of Arctic oil, gas and minerals to customers in both regions.” [Limacharlienews]

The link will take you to the Barents Observer article that shows satellite images of the new Russian about 50 brand new reinforced large weapons bunkers are under construction at Okolnaya Bay just north of Severomorsk. One cannot help but wonder if the Russians are preparing for a nuclear war and it may be that the polar regions are safer, more protected from the radiation that will cover the ‘civilized’ world.

September 16, 2018

About 50 brand new reinforced large weapons bunkers are under construction at Okolnaya Bay just north of Severomorsk.

The major expansion of storage facilities for both nuclear missiles and conventional long-range high-precision cruise missiles will significantly boost Russia’s military power and strengthen the bastion defence capability in the Barents- and Norwegian Sea.

By comparing one, two and four years old satellite photos with Google Earth images recently made public, Barents Observer’s study clearly shows the progress. Both in Okolnaya Bay and at Gadzhiyevo submarine base some 15 kilometers further west. Where only the initial roadwork could be seen four years ago, foundations came two-three years ago, while concrete walls and roof are now in place at most of the bunkers.
You have to launch Google Earth to see the external satelite pictures linked in this article. Links will open in new window.

Security is unlike anything seen at other weapons deposits. Double or triple layer barriers of barbed wire fencing are preventing unauthorised entry. The pictures also show extraordinary large road checkpoints to some of the sites indicating where nuclear weapons likely are stored. Each of the bunkers is about 1,000 square meters, has meters thick concrete walls and are placed about 100 meters from each other.

Last year, the Barents Observer published satellite images from Gadzhiyevo where construction took place. Viewing the same valley today, ten reinforced bunkers seems nearly completed.

Security is unlike anything seen at other weapons deposits. Double or triple layer barriers of barbed wire fencing are preventing unauthorised entry. The pictures also show extraordinary large road checkpoints to some of the sites indicating where nuclear weapons likely are stored. Each of the bunkers is about 1,000 square meters, has meters thick concrete walls and are placed about 100 meters from each other.

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/node/4370

 

 

 

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