Russian air force drill in the Arctic
Russian forces on Tuesday started a military exercise in the Arctic Ocean involving some 200 troops and 30 warplanes.
"About 30 warplanes including strategic bombers Tu-160 and Tu-95MC, fighters Su-27 and MIG-31, refuellers Il-78 and airborne warning and control planes A-50 take part in the exercises with over 200 servicemen participating," Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Deryabin said, according to Vpk News.
According to the official, the exercise, which will last till Thursday, is aimed at polishing the interaction and coordination among different types of the air forces.
In May BarentsObserver reported that Russia plans to reopen Soviet-era airfields in the Arctic on Novaya Zemlya and in Naryan-Mar already this summer.