Battle for the Arctic: Why the White Swans Return to Chukotka

Washington begins preparations for the upcoming Arctic confrontation. The US Air Force is reviving military bases during the Cold War, openly building up the power of their existing in Alaska and Norway. In response, the Russian Ministry of Defense is preparing jump airports in Chukotka, and the Russian White Swans have become frequent guests on our easternmost border, from where not only to the Far North, but also to the United States within easy reach.




There is nothing to worry about. After the collapse of the USSR, the Arctic region was demilitarized on our part for a long time. The United States of America has largely maintained its offensive potential. So, in 2010, in Alaska, the military base of the Elmendorf Air Force and the US Army Fort Richardson merged. The 11th Air Army, the 381st reconnaissance squadron, infantry, and others are stationed near Anchorage. Alaska has the largest military airfield near our borders, from where radar surveillance of the entire east of Russia is carried out.

On the island of Adak, near the Alaskan coast, the American base is being revived, where the fleet and anti-submarine aviation will again be located. On the Aleutian island of Attu, the military airfield and LORAN radio navigation system, which during the Cold War was used to coordinate joint US operations with the UK against the USSR, resumes operations.

Americans are returning to Norway. The airfields of our northern neighbor are being modernized to the Pentagon’s needs, the Globus-3 missile defense radar station is being completed, and the Poseidon patrol aircraft squadron has already been deployed. They are also expanding their long-range aviation grouping in the USA and on the distant Pacific island of Guam.

Russia is simply forced to respond to these frank military preparations by transferring the White Swans closer to a potential enemy. The traditional location of the Tu-160 is the city of Engels in the Saratov region. The flight range of "White Swans" is 12 thousand kilometers, when refueling in the air - reaches up to 18 thousand. But for the most effective use, strategic bombers need a jump airfield.

Last year, two White Swans have already defiantly visited Chukotka. Now a group of 10 aircraft has already gone there, including not only Tu-160, but also Tu-95MS, and Il-78 refueling aircraft. The crews of formidable military vehicles began to run around the Chukchi airfields. If necessary, bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons can create enormous problems for a potential adversary. At a minimum, a deterrent and a source of stress for the US military, they will become one fact of their presence.
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  1. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 16 August 2019 13: 28
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    Alaska will lose the USA for its aggressiveness, and then it will wring its hands, like Japan.
  2. Igor Pavlovich Offline
    Igor Pavlovich (Igor Pavlovich) 16 August 2019 16: 25
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    16 Russian planes versus 160 similar ones in the USA will really create a stressful situation ... Just for whom ???
    1. Levius Offline
      Levius (A lion) 16 August 2019 19: 19
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      16 aircraft, 192 strategic cruise missiles. Yes, after one salvo to the Amerian flymen there is no sense to fly home.
  3. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 17 August 2019 00: 32
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    In response, the Russian Ministry of Defense is preparing jump airports in Chukotka, and the Russian White Swans have become frequent guests on our easternmost border, from where not only to the Far North, but also to the USA at a stone's throw.

    The traditional location of the Tu-160 is the city of Engels in the Saratov region. The flight range of "White Swans" is 12 thousand kilometers, when refueling in the air - reaches up to 18 thousand. But for the most effective use, strategic bombers need a jump airfield.

    - It’s strange .. but why is the "airfield of a jump"; and why not a real “fully equipped” basic military airfield with underground hangars and warehouses, which will be controlled by a whole complex of electronic and space, and sea reconnaissance and will be an integral part of the whole military Chukchi district (or whatever it will be called there) ... - And then, while these "White Swans" will be jumping already from Engels ... - a lot of things "will have time to happen" already ...
    - All this will come in handy against the Americans, but first of all ... - against China, which is so actively seeking to cooperate with Russia in the exploitation of the Northern Way ... - At least it will be possible to drive the Chinese away from the Russian North ... -Hahah ...
    1. antibi0tikk Offline
      antibi0tikk (Sergei) 17 August 2019 08: 39
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      - It’s strange .. but why is the "airfield of a jump"; and why not a real “fully equipped” basic military airfield with underground hangars and warehouses, which will be controlled by a whole complex of electronic and space, and sea reconnaissance and will be an integral part of the whole military Chukchi district (or whatever it will be called there) ...

      That's all right you say, it would be nice to have a full-fledged airfield or air base there. But such a scent that almost everything depends on the loot, well, on time. How much will it cost to bring there building materials, equipment, builders? And when they build it, we need people who are ready to serve there. Few people want to live "in the open field." So, we need a social infrastructure: shops, schools, kindergartens, hospitals, etc.
      The "strategists" Tu-160 and Tu-95 themselves are not enough now, relatively recently they have resumed their production, it seems, in Kazan. Yes, and close Chukotka from a potential enemy. There is no way to do without reliable cover.
      So it turns out that for now it’s more convenient for it to be a jump airfield, and only then they will calculate how much it will cost, lay down a budget, allocate money and in 5-7 years something will budge.
    2. Adalmar Offline
      Adalmar (Swasja) 21 August 2019 00: 17
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      "White swans" - piece birds, in the Red Book, and go, are listed. crying

      For the flock, why fence such a garden, they can also jump. repeat
  4. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 17 August 2019 07: 19
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    Quote: gorenina91
    ... against China, which is something so active in cooperating with Russia in the exploitation of the Northern Way ... - At least it will be better than to drive the Chinese from the Russian North ... -Hahah ..

    The NSR is likely to be operated along with the Chinese. Otherwise, why was it transferred from the Ministry of Transport to the Rosatom corporation? Within the corporation, effective managers will come up with some kind of RosKitSerMorPut ... IMHO.