Russia to Base Tactical Aircraft and Interceptors at Arctic Airfield
Starting from 2017, the Russian Air Force will base its MiG-31 interceptor jets and tactical aircraft at an Arctic airfield in the urban settlement of Tiksi. This statement was made by Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev on Wednesday.
“Reconstruction of the Tiksi airfield will begin in 2015. A formation of tactical aircraft and MiG-31 interceptors will be based at the airfield in 2017. The MiG-31s will be also based at an airfield in Anadyr,” Mr. Bondarev announced.
The Commander-in-Chief earlier said that the Russian Air Force would increase its presence in the Arctic. In addition, Russia has been seeking to strengthen its military, political and economic position in the Arctic for some time.
It should be noted that the basic version of the MiG-31 interceptor jet was the first serially produced fighter in the world to be equipped with an airborne phased array radar.