Military Capabilities

Moscow to resume fast jet patrols of Arctic Ocean airspace

08 February 2019

Following a break of 30 years, Russia’s Ministry of Defence is planning to resume airspace patrols around the North Pole with MiG-31BM ‘Foxhound B’ long-range fighter-interceptors during 2019, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported on 31 January.

In the western Arctic the role will be given to the 98th Independent Guards Aviation Regiment, stationed at Monchegorsk Air Base on the Kola peninsula. The regiment is part of Joint Strategic Command (JSC) North, OSK Sever, which is integrated under the joint command of the Northern Fleet.

The eastern Arctic will be served by the 317th Independent Naval Aviation Regiment, based at the sub-Arctic Yelizovo dual-use airport at Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka peninsula.

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