Category Archives: Arctic News

Northern Fleet Received First Floating Terrain Vehicle

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The first track floating terrain vehicle – TTM-4902PS-10 – entered service of Arctic brigades of the Northern Fleet, the press service of the Northern Fleet told RIA Novosti on Friday.

The vehicles of this type have been tested under the conditions of the Kola Polar region.

The ATV TTM-4902PS-10 is produced using a modular scheme: the front unit – power module, which can transport six people, back link – convertible passenger unit with a capacity of ten people, which can be easily converted for sleeping, medical unit or command post.

Operating temperature ranges from “-” to “+” 50 degrees Celsius. The machine is equipped with engine and fuel preheater, with passenger compartment heating system. The height of obstacle that can be overcome by the terrain vehicle is up to 1.8 meters.

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Arctic Brigade to Receive Cross-Country Vehicles

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Arctic Brigade of the Northern Fleet in 2015 will receive more than 100 pieces of military cross-country equipment designed specifically to work in the Far North, the head of the press service of the Northern Fleet captain Vadim Serga said Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in April instructed to create a unified basing system in the Arctic of surface ships and submarines of the new generation, to strengthen the border and create a new state agency to implement the policy of Russia in the Arctic.

The separate motorized rifle brigade of Arctic Northern Fleet, stationed in the village Alakurtti, Murmansk region, was established in December 2014 to protect the interests and economic security of the Russian Federation in the Arctic zone.

Equipment for Development of Ice Offshore Reserves Created in Russia

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Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (CDB ME) “Rubin” in conjunction with the Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI) are working on the creation of the latest technology for subglacial development of Arctic shelf.

This was announced by the general director of “Rubin” Igor Vilnit, Tass reports. According to him, the question is a technique for oil and gas production on the shelf, this development will solve the problem of import substitution in this area.

“We are working on advanced research, which is headed by Dmitry Rogozin, on the development of appropriate technology for subglacial development,” Igor Vilnit said, adding that the work is under the auspices of the Foundation for Advanced Studies.

The head of “Rubin” said he could not disclose all the details, because the development is carried out in a competitive environment. “This technology is unique in the world, he said. There were two attempts to create a similar technique in the United States and Norway, but they do not have the development.”

Russian Government Allocated 347 Million Rubles for MOE Centers in Arctic

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The Russian government has sent 347 million rubles for the construction of specialized rescue centers in the Russian Arctic, according to the website of the Cabinet.

The funds are allocated under the state program “Protecting the population and territories from emergency situations, fire safety and security on water”. The ordinance is amending the Federal Program “Risk reduction and mitigation of natural and man-made disasters in Russia up to 2015”.

The Cabinet has decided to increase funding for the construction of rescue centers in the Arctic under the event “Building the infrastructure system for rescue and other emergency operations in remote locations in the Arctic zone, and in particularly difficult conditions, including the use of GLONASS resources”. The funds were obtained through the redistribution of funds from other activities of the program.

Arctic Needs New Radar Technologies

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New technologies, including radars, are needed for the Arctic – where traditional methods “do not work directly,” said the deputy general director of RTI, which is developing an integrated monitoring system for the region, Igor Bevzyuk.

“The radar station (RLS) in the Arctic must be substantially different, today the traditional methods do not work there directly. To work in the Arctic we will have to apply new technologies,” Bevzyuk said to TASS correspondent.

According to him, we may require a combination of “antiquated” ways and moderns.

According to the spokesman, the radio-wave propagation inside the Arctic Circle is “fundamentally different”. “For example, there are ionospheric disturbances. Plus, due to the ice cap, the surface electric wave is refracted and reflected in such a way that it is not always possible to understand with traditional methods that is before you: iceberg, ship, or something else,” said the deputy director of RTI.

CHETRA-Caravan Project Receives Expert Community Recognition

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Russia’s CHETRA-PM has been awarded with an honorary diploma for its contribution to the implementation of Russia’s national interests in the Arctic and on the continental shelf at the International Forum “The Arctic: Present and Future” that was held on December 10-11 in St. Petersburg. The CHETRA-Caravan project received recognition of the expert community.

According to the experts, the transport and logistics systems based on all-terrain CHETRA TM140 vehicles for the most effective and safe development of Russia’s Arctic regions can be used to solve a number of social and economic issues and improve the living standards of the people in the regions that do not have a developed transport and logistics infrastructure. The CHETRA vehicles are adapted to the harsh climate of the Far North and can be used for transportation regardless of weather conditions due to the high maneuverability and advanced navigation system.

Capabilities of Wonderful SUV for Russian Special Forces

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The new military miracle SUV has been experienced in the Arctic. SUV was needed as freighter, and as environmental and medical laboratory.

New Russian miracle of technology storms the virgin soil of the peninsula Rybachiy in two hundred kilometers from Murmansk. Four-wheel triaxial drive SUV “Trekol” easily overcomes any irregularities of the North. In some places there is a waist-deep snow, but it’s a child’s play for the vehicle – wide and soft wheels keep the car on the surface.

The “Trekol” can accommodate inside a dozen fully-equipped fighters. Despite the powerful engine, the new SUV drives almost silently, which immediately attracted the attention of specialists of Russian special forces.

Reliability, functionality, and ease of management – these are the main criteria for customers of new technology – the Russian army. Engineers took the task, and now even such a serious technique, as this tracked vehicle can be controlled even by a beginner.

Ships of Pacific Fleet to Be Actively Used for Operations in Arctic Region

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This was reported to Interfax-AVN on Thursday by the head of the department of information support of the Pacific Fleet, Captain 1st Rank Roman Martov.

“In the second week of December the Pacific Fleet will include two special vessels. The flag of St. Andrew will be run over raid tugs “RB-406” and “RB-407″ of auxiliary forces of the Kamchatka group,” R.Martov said.

According to him, only in 2014, the Pacific Fleet received 12 new ships of various classes. At the beginning of the year we took first six multipurpose tugs for auxiliary fleet. Hydrographic Service received two new boats “BGK-2151” and “BGK-2152” with unique, multi-functional equipment. Two new countersabotage boats “Gratchenok” joined the Primorsky unit.

Arctic to Be Priority for Russian Air Force in 2015

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The Russian Air Forces will put the main emphasis of its activities in 2015 on the Arctic groups increasing, the representative of the press and information service of the Defense Ministry on Air Force Colonel Igor Klimov told journalists.

“In the new 2015 academic year the main activities of the Air Force will be directed to the increasing of presence of the Air Force in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, retraining and application by the staff of the Air Force of new and upgraded models of weapons and military equipment, improving combat training formations and units,” Klimov said.

Earlier, Air Force Commander Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev noted that the Air Force of Russia will increase its force in the Arctic.

International Experts to Discuss Future of Arctic at St. Petersburg Forum

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International experts will gather in St. Petersburg on December 10-11 at the IV International Forum “The Arctic: present and future”, according to organizers.

“The final resolution of the forum with suggestions and recommendations will be the starting point for the formation of the agenda of the organizations involved in the development and implementation of various projects in the Arctic, in 2015. The document will also be sent to the authorities to improve legislation and state regulation in the field of sustainable development in the Arctic,” was said in a statement.

The event will be opened by the Russian president’s special representative for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov. This forum will be held under the auspices of the Association of Polar Explorers, which actively promotes the implementation of the state policy in the Arctic.