The Russian army is exploring the possibility of deploying nuclear-capable strategic Tu-95MS bombers in the Arctic. Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Russian Northern Fleet Maj.-Gen. Igor Churkin told reporters, as Interfax writes.
"Improving the airfield network in the Arctic significantly increases the possibilities of using the Northern Fleet aviation in the interests of controlling, first of all, the airspace in the water area of the Northern Sea Route and will ensure the safety of this transport artery from the air," Churkin said.
According to him, the Nagurskoe Arctic airfield (Alexandra Land Island, Franz Josef Land archipelago) can serve these purposes. It can receive any type of aircraft, including the Tu-95MS strategic bombers.
On May 10, the USS New Mexico multipurpose nuclear submarine of the US Navy entered a port in northern Norway.
On May 13, the commander of the Russian Northern Fleet, Alexander Moiseev, said that Oslo was helping to increase tensions in the Arctic.
In February, it was reported that the United States and Canada are planning to upgrade a network of defense satellites and radars in the Arctic to counter the growing military presence of Russia and China in the north.