RUSSIA ALERT: Putin strengthens Arctic army with FEARSOME missile system and extra troops


RUSSIA has beefed up it military presence in the Arctic region with the installation of an advanced missile defence system and the deployment of 250 personnel to a remote polar outpost.

A Russian soldier on patrol on Kotelny Island (Image: GETTY)

The Kotelny Island facility lies between the Laptev Sea and Eastern Siberian sea in in the centre of the region’s strategically important main shipping route. Commanding officer Lt Colonel Vladimir Pasechnik said: “Our task is to monitor the airspace and the northern sea route. “We have all we need for our service and comfortable living.”

No other country in the world has the type of modern infrastructures Russia has

Sergei Shoigu

The Kremlin has pumped vast resources into modernising Soviet-era installations as part of its effort to stake Russia’s claims on the Arctic region.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the military had rebuilt or expanded numerous facilities across the polar region, revamping runways and deploying air defence assets.

Mr Shoigu told Kremlin officials Russia’s infrastructure in the Arctic is most advanced and unrivaled in the whole world.

He said: ”We are pushing ahead with step-by-step work on the Arctic islands. Airdromes are being restored and the most advanced infrastructures created.

Kotelny Island

The Kremlin has deployed a missile system and extra troops on Kotelny Island (Image: GETTY)

“I can say with certainty that no other country in the world has the type of modern infrastructures Russia has.”

He said renovation works were conducted on a long string of Arctic territories with military infrastructure also being created on Franz Josef Land, Alexandra Land, Sredny Island, Wrangel Island, Cape Schmidt, the New Siberian Islands and the Kuril Islands.

The expanded infrastructure has allowed the Russian military to restore full radar coverage of the nation’s 14,000-mile Arctic frontier and deploy fighter jets to protect its airspace.

The military also has undertaken a clean-up effort across the region, working to remove tens of thousands of tons of waste from the Arctic territories, most of it rusty fuel tanks left behind by the Soviet military.

Kotelny Island

Russia has bolstered its presence on Kotelny Island (Image: G)