Russia is conducting an air force exercise involving more than 25 fighter jets and fighter bombers of different types in the Barents Sea area.

Security service agents from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Nenets conduct a major joint exercise at one of the country’s main Arctic oil installations.

A Norwegian military listening post intercepted cockpit conversations revealing that one of the Tu-95 flying around the coast of Norway last Wednesday had a nuclear payload onboard. Two F-16s were scrambled from Bodø airbase and met the Russian planes outside Finnmark.

Russia plans a €107 million upgrade of its military base on Franz Josef Land, including a new airfield and new living quarters for 150 persons.

The Finnish Defence Command is starting a three-day evaluation visit to Alakurtti, the base for Russia’s new Arctic special forces.

Russia is building another deep-diving nuclear-powered titanium submarine like the one used to collect data for the country’s application to the UN Law of the Sea.

K-159, the rust bucket of a nuclear powered submarine that sank off the coast of Russia’s Kola Peninsula on August 30, 2003, remains on the seabed in one of the best fishing areas for cod.

With painful memories of the Kursk disaster, the Russian navy has created an emergency chamber on its latest “Severodvinsk” submarine. This weekend, the crew tested it in Zapadnaya Litsa.

The Russian nuclear-powered submarine “Yekaterinburg”, which was severely damaged in a fire during repairs on December 29, had its missiles with nuclear warheads and other weapons on board.

Russia has started building storages for more than 100 Bulava missiles some 120 kilometers from the border to Norway.

The Russian Air Force has re-opened the Temp airfield on the Kotelny Island in the High North. The airfield has not been used in 27 years, but will now be used for safeguarding shipping in the Arctic.

While foreign countries over the last 20 years have cashed out for scrapping Russia’s Cold War fleet of nuclear submarines, Moscow puts its money into building new advanced vessels for underwater warfare.

“Kazan”, Russia’s newest submarine of the «Graney» class of nuclear-powered attack submarines will be equipped with absolutely new and state-of-the art technology.

Russia throw outs plan to modernize all of the country’s laid-up nuclear cruisers. Only the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Nakhimov” will get a RUB 50 billion rebuilding, the others will be scrapped.

About 200 million rubles have been stolen from Zvezdochka, the Northern Fleet yard in Severodvinsk.