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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.

Tu-22M (wartechnic.ru)

The Russian Air Force today announced the launch of a tactical exercise involving long-range aviation in “northern latitudes”.

The aircraft carrier “Admiral Gorshkov” has become the centrepiece of a military scandal in Russian-Indian relations. Now, Russia might end up not selling the vessel to the Indian Navy, after all.

Nordic Armed Forces

The Socialist Left Party, junior partner in the Norwegian government coalition, wants the armed forces of three Nordic countries to merge. -The Army should be Finnish, the Air Force – Swedish and the Navy – Norwegian, spokesman Bjorn Jacobsen says.

Corvette "Steregushchii" (pvo.su)

The Russian Navy flag has been raised on the new Russian corvette, ”the Steregushchii”, built in the Northern Yard in Sankt Petersburg. The vessel is expected to soon head north to a Northern Fleet base.

"Admiral Gorshkov" (militaryparitet.com)

The Indian Navy has agreed with the increased costs for the aircraft carrier “Admiral Gorshkov”, currently under modernization in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast.

EU and the Barents Sea

Climate change and energy issues are high on the agenda in today’s EU top meeting in Brussels. Meanwhile, a new EU report says that climate and energy might trigger conflict in the Norwegian-Russian Barents Sea

Dismantling nuclear sub (sevmash.ru)

By 2010, Russia will have completed the decommissioning of all its retired nuclear submarines, a representative of Rosatom says.

The K-159 (bellona.no)

A prominent group of Russian engineers believe the K-159 nuclear sub will be lifted from the sea bottom in the course of the next four years. The vessel sunk in the Kola Bay during a tugging operation in 2003.

The "Nizhny Novgorod" (submarine.id.ru)

After eight years of repairs, the Russian nuclear submarine “Nizhny Novgorod” this month returned to its duties in the Northern Fleet.

"Admiral Gorshkov" (militaryparitet.com)

An Indian Navy representative says negotiations over the takeover of the aircraft carrier “Admiral Gorshkov” will continue until after summer this year and that the country’s armed forces expect to include the vessel in its navy in year 2012.

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Russian Head Navy Commander, Vladimir Vysotskii, says he wants a new fleet of aircraft carriers to operate in the country’s Northern and Pacific Fleets by the middle of the century.

The Almaz shipyard (almaz.spb.ru)

The Almaz shipyard in Sankt Petersburg is ready to start construction of a new generation of Russian coast guard vessels. The vessel project 22460 will have more advanced technology and military hardware, higher speed and longer range than any of its predecessors.

The Northern Fleet

The Russian Northern Fleet is this week conducting torpedo, missile and artillery rehearsals in the Barents Sea, Murman.ru reports.