The Drive explained the meaning of the MiG-31 deployment in the Far North

The Russian military carried out a rotation of the MiG-31BM fighter-interceptors at the Rogachevo airbase, located on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago (Arkhangelsk region). The airfield is located in the Arctic beyond the Arctic Circle and is one of two dozen similar facilities restored along the entire Northern Sea Route in recent years, writes the American edition of The Drive.

Moscow is strengthening its defenses in the High North. The Russians call the presence of their planes on Novaya Zemlya "experimental combat duty."

They extended the runway of the airfield to 3000 m and placed the MiG-31BM of the 98th mixed air regiment of the Northern Fleet there. Despite the harsh climatic conditions, the Russians have significantly increased the reach of their aircraft and dramatically expanded their control over the region's airspace. Novaya Zemlya is located in the Arctic Ocean between the Barents and Kara Seas. The archipelago stretches from southwest to northeast for 925 km.

MiG-31BM can fly at temperatures of -60 ° C. In the 98th mixed air regiment (based in Monchegorsk, Murmansk region), there are two squadrons of such interceptors since 2019. One squadron will be permanently located on the Kola Peninsula, and the second can be deployed on rotation in the right places.

Control over the Arctic, its transport routes and minerals is the most important issue for Russia. Climatic changes make it possible to start full-fledged development of the region. The MiG-31 was developed in the USSR just to protect the vast northern territories. Placing these planes in Rogachevo could be part of a larger Russian strategy to block other countries from accessing the region it considers its own.

After the MiG-31BM in the Arctic, the MiG-31K may appear - carriers of the Kh-47M2 "Dagger" hypersonic missiles. It is obvious that Russian aircraft are confidently becoming permanent "residents" of the Far North. It is quite expected that these and other fighters will be deployed at additional forward bases in the region in the future, summed up the US media.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 10 February 2021 13: 53
    The Drive explained the meaning of the MiG-31 deployment in the Far North

    From the OBS (one woman said) they learned or

  2. white gentleman Offline white gentleman
    white gentleman (Ivan) 10 February 2021 16: 40
    One hour of flight of the Su-35 is only 40 US dollars, which is very happy for the poor pensioners with other sick poor people and unemployed with many children.
    1. Artyom76 Offline Artyom76
      Artyom76 (Artyom Volkov) 10 February 2021 16: 49
      First, calculate how much it will cost you an f-16, 18, 15, or 35 to fly over your head. The Su-35 was not created for colorful flights.
      1. white gentleman Offline white gentleman
        white gentleman (Ivan) 11 February 2021 19: 16
        "Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi" - what is allowed to Jupiter is not allowed to a bull
        1. Artyom76 Offline Artyom76
          Artyom76 (Artyom Volkov) 12 February 2021 07: 30
          To quote delusional sayings is everything that people like you or, for example, the French in 1940, when the Nazis entered Paris without firing a shot. Sensible people, they will fight back to the last, with anything, and in any way, including developing means for defense, to the best of their strength and capabilities, and as for me, this is better than winding snot on a fist, quoting other people's beautiful words .. ... Hello to your bull, Jupiter, mlyn .....
    2. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 10 February 2021 18: 00
      Runaway gentleman, did you read that on the fence?
      here is the "mouthpiece of the Kremlin propaganda" writes that

      The cost of an hour of flight for the F-35A (the version of the aircraft with conventional take-off and landing) is only $ 24, which is only ten percent more than the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
      the cost of an F-22 flight hour is 44 thousand dollars

      There are other data

      the cost of an hour of operation of the 5th generation fighters F-22 and F-35. So the data on the F-22 Raptor - 58 thousand dollars per hour of flight, F-35A Lightning II - 67,5 thousand dollars.
      It is noteworthy that this information differs significantly from the data previously published by Forbes: for the F-22 - 33,5 thousand dollars, for the F-35 - 28,45 thousand.
      Forbes estimated the cost of an F-16 flight hour at $ 8,3 thousand.

      When calculating Russian videoconferencing, they operate exclusively in rubles, foreign candy wrappers are not in use there. And the operation of Russian fighters has always been cheaper than American and European ones.
    3. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) 11 February 2021 16: 48
      White gentleman (Ivan), your next ridiculous and hypocritical comment, you better take care of your problems, or maybe there are no such problems anywhere else in the world, neither in the USA, nor in Europe, and even more so in Ukraine, what do you mean, Russian problems your eyes are calloused, it's just ridiculous to read all these nonsense of yours, calm down and no longer write this nonsense, and you will have it all right!
  3. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 11 February 2021 19: 12
    Where are their normal analysts? Stop quoting crap.
  4. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
    Ulysses (Alexey) 12 February 2021 01: 40
    Control over the Arctic, its transport routes and mineral resources is the most important issue for Russia. Climatic changes make it possible to start full-fledged development of the region.

    And Mr. Marzhetsky proposes to score on everything and swim for 13 km Antarctica to post.
    There, under two kilometers of millennial ice, they seem to have dug something ... laughing