According to the press service of the Russian Navy, all the Northern Fleet pilots will in the course of 2014 undergo training in the use of the new aircraft. Until now, the pilots have operated primarily the SU-33 and SU-25UTG jets, two types of aircraft planned phased out of service after 2015.
The fighter jets of the Northern Fleet are based primarily in the Severomorsk-3 airfield outside Murmansk.
The Russian Navy in 2009 ordered 24 MiG-29Ks. That order was in 2012 complemented with an additional 20 aircrafts. The Russian contracts came after India had placed orders of a total of 45 MIG-29K for its navy.
The MiG-29K/KUB jet is a generation 4++ fighter jet specially developed for aircraft carriers and operations at sea. Compared with previous models, the MiG-29K/KUB has twice as big air capacities and a 2,5 times cheaper flight time, aircraft manufactorer MiG informs on its website. Weapons system includes “A-A”, “A-S” missiles, guided aerial bombs, rockets, aerial bombs and built-in air-gun of 30 mm caliber, and more.
The Murmansk Economic Zone was presented as a miracle cure for regional development and as key facility for the Shtokman project. Today, five years on, regional authorities put their faith in the fish industry.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.
Nuclear safety projects in the Murmansk region wouldn’t be the same without her contribution. Finnish European Parliament Member Heidi Hautala is today one of 89 Europeans barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.