Russia has built the biggest and most exclusive millitary facility in the Arctic,the facility is to house its military base as part of its ambition to grab greater portions of the polar region rich oil.According to a report from FoxNew, the base is located on Franz Josef Land — an archipelago north of Novaya Zemlya that the Soviet Union seized from Norway in 1926 — and is known as the “Arctic Trefoil” due to its tricorne shape.Please follow me to catch a gleam of the facility,this is the visual Tour.
The base covers roughly 14,000 square miles and can house up to 150 people for a year and a half. The National Interest has reported that Russia has developed new versions of several systems for a cold weather fight, including the SA-15 Gauntlet, the T-72 main battle tank, and an artillery system known as Pantsir-SA. A version of the SA-10 modified for Arctic conditions is also being developed.
Experts say the melting of Arctic sea ice – generally attributed to climate change – is making the polar seas more accessible for shipping. That could make it easier to prospect for untapped energy and minerals in the region.
A military expert quoted by RIA news agency, Col (Rtd) Viktor Litovkin, said Russia was pursuing several strategic goals in the Arctic due to this reasons:
- Control of international shipping on the Northern Sea Route, including providing alerts about icebergs and severe weather
- Protecting Russian oil and gas resources in the Arctic
- Defending Russia against any intrusion by foreign warships and missile threats.
It is part of a push to firm Moscow’s hand in the High North as it vies for dominance with traditional rivals Canada, the United States, and Norway as well as newcomer China.The 14,000sq m facility includes living quarters, a cinema, a chapel, a gymnasium, a billiards room and an orangery.It is situated at 80 degrees north and has been built in the shape of a clover leaf and decorated in the red, blue and white of the Russian tricolour.
The design of the building, which is also connected to three semi-spherical modules, means that the troops there can move about without venturing outside, where temperatures can drop below minus 50C.
At least 150 military personnel are to be stationed at the Arctic Trefoil with supplies of fuel and food to last a year and a half in case the base becomes cut off. A series of images and a 3D tour of the five-storey base were posted on the Russian defence ministry website.
This sets US on a very high alert since Russians are closing in on the arctic.Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the Arctic. Legally it’s still unclear who can lay the stake to the territory, but the Kremlin knows how persuasive a good show of force can be.This clearly show that Putin has an agenda, but the fact is the agenda remains a secret.