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Russia upgrades Arctic infrastructure

12 July 2018

On 3 July, Russia’s Northern Fleet reported that its headquarters airbase at Severomorsk-1 was reopened and fully operational after extensive renovation and modernisation. It had been closed for three years.

Severomorsk-1 has received new flight management and communications systems, as well as new buildings. The runway has been extended from 3,000 m to 3,500 m. The base can house about 40 bombers and a number of fighters.

The aerodrome will now be able to handle the heaviest long-range aircraft and serve as a strategic staging point for aircraft transiting operationally between east and west using the shorter high-latitude Arctic flight route.

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