Russian military infrastructure in Arctic to be completed for the end of 2016 TASS 10807161

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Russian military infrastructure in Arctic to be completed for the end of 2016.
The bulk of the Russian military infrastructure in the Arctic will have been built by late 2016. The current readiness of the installations on Arctic islands allows stationing military units there, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov said in the wake of his working tour to Tiksi. During the visit, he and the leaders of the Federal Special Construction Agency and contractors discussed the pace of the construction of Arctic military bases.
     
The bulk of the Russian military infrastructure in the Arctic will have been built by late 2016. The current readiness of the installations on Arctic islands allows stationing military units there, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov said in the wake of his working tour to Tiksi. During the visit, he and the leaders of the Federal Special Construction Agency and contractors discussed the pace of the construction of Arctic military bases. Arktichesky Trilistnik (Arctic Trefoil) complex of the Nagursky military base
     
"Most of the work in the Arctic is to be complete by year-end. The current state of readiness of the infrastructure on all Arctic islands allows the troops to do their job. However, the work on stationing further Russian Defense Ministry units in the Arctic will carry on in 2016-2020. Today, the construction and modernization of several airfields in the Arctic zone, e.g. Tiksi, Anadyr, Vorkuta, Temp, etc., are at the design and preparatory stages," the deputy defense ministry was quoted as saying by the ministry’s press office.

"The construction in the Arctic is a program that is unique in terms of logistics, shipping and building-and-assembly work. This kind of work on such a large scale in being done in Russia’s High North for the first time in Russia’s recent history," Ivanov stressed.

Military construction personnel are building bases on six islands in the Arctic for the Russian Defense Ministry.

"A lot has been done. The work is under way in the harsh Arctic environment, with the logistics being difficult. The work must be on schedule and its pace must pick up in some respects: this is very important to the nation’s defense and security," the deputy defense minister said.

Four military bases were built in the Arctic last year, in particular, the Northern Clover administrative and barracks compound on Kotelny Island (New Siberian Islands). The building of stationary radar and aircraft control facilities continues at Cape Schmidt. Around 40 edifices and structures are to be erected there in 2016 to accommodate troops and enable them to execute their tasks.

Construction and inert materials have been shipped to the construction sites in the Arctic for the work slated for this year to be completed on time. Over 190,000 tons of those will be brought in during the current shipping season, Ivanov said.
     
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