Military Capabilities

First S-300 deployment to new Russian Arctic base

11 December 2019

Russia has deployed S-300PS surface-to-air missiles near the coastal town of Tiksi as part of a build-up of air defence capability in the country’s Arctic north.

The first images of two S-300PS launcher vehicles emerged in local media reports of a visit to the new air defence base by the head of the Republic of Sakha, Aysen Nikolayev.

He was taken on the tour of the base near Tiksi by the commander of the newly formed 3rd Air Defence Division of the North Fleet Joint Strategic Command’s 45th Air and Air Defence Army, Colonel Sergey Denisov. The colonel was reported on 4 December by the Yakutia.Info news service as saying construction work was still under way and the base would eventually comprise 11 modular buildings, including dormitories, an administration building, a diesel power station, water and fuel storage facilities, a dining room, and a garage.

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