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Surprised that this wasn't being discussed or have its own thread but it regards militarization, icebreaker projects, living in cold conditions, transporting fuel, possibly another area of conflict later. Examples of starting off thread to get the general idea.


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https://www.ng.ru/news/699972.html?print=Y Mig-31s on on Novaya Zemlya

https://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/135302/ Construction of new complex for Vostok station in Antarctica has been completed in Leningrad Region

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Generates water from snow and ice in cold regions.

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Many Arctic nuclear projects

Nuclear power for exploring Arctic natural resources has good times in Russia after Rosatom last year became in charge of the Northern Sea Route Directorate, responsible for infrastructure and investments.

On Monday, the Barents Observer told the story about Rosatom’s plan for a nuclear-powered oil tanker for Arctic waters.

“It must be able to carry at least 100,000 tons and sail across the icy waters of the Northern Sea Route,” said Vyacheslav Ruksha, who is both deputy head of the Russian state nuclear power company and director of the Northern Sea Route Directorate.


On Rosatom’s wishing list is a large nuclear-powered oil tanker that can break through thick Arctic ice​

It must be able to carry at least 100,000 tons and sail across the icy waters of the Northern Sea Route, says deputy head of the Russian state nuclear power company



I got way more older information, but I think this will do, to start off how the thread will go in the bar.
 

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Dumping a bunch of news.


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The youngest three-axle KamAZ-Arctic in the line uses serial drive axles from KamAZ-6522, springs from the rear suspension KamAZ-5460, shock absorbers and stabilizers from the KamAZ-65225 suspension.

The customer can choose from two motors - a V-shaped eight-cylinder 11-liter KamAZ-740.37-400 and an in-line six-cylinder 12-liter KamAZ-910.12. The authors indicate for the machine a carrying capacity of about 13 tons (dead weight - 16 tons), as well as the potential for autonomous movement.


The Defense Ministry disclosed some details of the report of the Chief of the Navy Nikolay Evmenov to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, March 26. This conversation took place via video conferencing and was dedicated to the complex expedition "Umka-21" taking place in the Arctic. In addition to the military, it involves specialists of the Russian Geographical Society.

Russian Defense Ministry releases video of three submarines in Arctic
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According to the admiral, the expedition started on March 20 and covers the area of franz Joseph's Land archipelago, Alexandra Island and the adjacent area covered with solid ice.
"For the first time, a set of training, combat, research and practical activities of various orientations is being carried out in the polar regions according to a single plan and plan," Evmenov reported to the president. The command of the Navy attracted a rather large force - more than 600 soldiers and civilian personnel and about 200 samples of weapons, military and special equipment. Of the 43 planned operations and studies, 35 were carried out, including ten in conjunction with the Russian Geographical Society.



"Many major infrastructure projects have been launched and implemented. In addition, it was possible to achieve success in improving the security of the region, to create groups of troops capable of effectively responding to external threats, to equip them with modern types of weapons," Medvedev said at a meeting of the inter-agency commission on the Arctic, RIA Novostiquotes him as saying.


Nevertheless, according to the commander of the Northern Fleet Alexander Moiseyev, the situation in the near sea zone is not so critical. "There are no problems in the Arctic that need to be solved by military means or by force," the admiral said in an interview with Red Star.

This does not mean that our sailors do not react to the appearance of foreign military at the Russian borders. Moiseyev made no secret: the Northern Fleet controls the activities of foreign armed forces in the immediate vicinity of our borders and is forced to take pre-emptive steps to ensure the security of the Russian Arctic.
 

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Reportedly, by the end of the second quarter of this year, the radar station deployed on Novaya Zemlya in 2019 will be on alert, two more stations will be commissioned by the end of the year - the fourth in Gremikha and the fifth in Zapolyarny. The first and second radars "Resonance-N" are already on alert in the areas of the Kanin Nos peninsula and the settlement of Indiga.

It is noted that the new radar station in Zapolyarny, located 30 km from the Norwegian border, will provide full control of the airspace over the northern territories of Finland and Norway. The entire network of the "Resonance" radar station deployed in the Arctic will cover the northern direction.

As previously reported, "Resonance-N" is capable of detecting cruise and ballistic missiles, hypersonic targets flying at speeds up to Mach 20, as well as aircraft created using stealth technology. The station is capable of detecting, recognizing and issuing target designation for aerodynamic air targets at a distance of 600 km, for ballistic targets - up to 1200 km, at an altitude of up to 100 km. The range of temperatures in which the radar can operate is quite wide - from -70 to +50 degrees Celsius.

 

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The Northern Fleet is able to effectively withstand Russia's challenges and threats in the Arctic, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

"In order to strengthen the defense capability of the Russian Federation and protect its national interests in the Arctic, the Ministry of Defense is carrying out systematic work to improve the combat capabilities of the Northern Fleet. It is equipped with modern military equipment adapted for use in harsh climatic conditions. Militant training is being actively conducted, various research activities are being carried out," Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting in Murmansk.

The Minister recalled that the complex Arctic expedition "Umka-2021" was completed last week. "The value cannot be overestimated. For the first time in the history of the Russian fleet, three nuclear submarines were launched from under the ice at the same time," Shoigu said.
 

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Better logistic transportation to Arctic. https://arctic.ru/infrastructure/20210421/992950.html

Putin calls for launching construction of Yamal railway

In his 2021 Address to the Federal Assembly, President Vladimir Putin noted that the Government of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, as well as major Russian companies, could launch the construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway using the infrastructure loans mechanism. According to the President, the new railway will expedite the exploration of the immensely rich Arctic resources. They have been working on this project for quite a while now, and it is about time it was launched, Putin noted.

The regional Administration’s press service quotes Head of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area Dmitry Artyukhov as saying:

“I am grateful to the President for the high trust he accorded to our region. Yamal is ready to act as a pilot region for the introduction of the new financial mechanism of infrastructure loans. The well-substantiated Northern Latitudinal Railway construction project has tremendous significance for developing the Arctic still further.”

The Head of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area also pointed out that it was the venue for major national industrial projects, and that this implied new oil and gas processing prospects, rather than traditional oil and gas extraction. It is necessary to expand the transport infrastructure in order to make these projects more cost-effective, Artyukhov added.

“The Northern Latitudinal Railway is a key link that will change Arctic logistics and will make it possible to expand the region’s transport potential. It will also reduce the cost of new projects. After joining up with the Bovanenkovo-Sabetta route, this railway will ensure uninterrupted logistic links with the Northern Sea Route and sales markets,” he went on to say.

The goal of the Northern Latitudinal Railway project is to build a mainline that would link the Yamal Peninsula with the Ural region and northwestern Russia. It will also connect the country’s transport system with the Northern Sea Route via the Sabetta port, will include the Obskaya-2, Salekhard, Nadym and other stations and will stretch toward Novy Urengoi via an upgraded existing section. The railway will facilitate the development of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area’s natural resources.
 

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India is negotiating investments of between two and three billion dollars in Russian oil and gas exploration and production projects with the Russian government, the Business Standard newspaper reports, citing unnamed officials.

According to the paper, the Russian government has offered several oil and gas fields to India’s natural resources exploration firm ONGC Videsh and to any potential consortium it may form for the project.

“This will be for exploring and producing oil and gas in Russia. While the project and scope have not been finalized, talks have begun,” one of the sources told the newspaper.

Sources say the countries are also in talks over India's investment in oil and gas exploration projects in the Arctic, namely in the development of the Vostok Oil project. The project’s annual crude production could be up to 100 million tons, according to preliminary estimates.

The cited sources stated that three Russian Far Eastern regions, namely Yakutia, Sakhalin Oblast and Amur Oblast, have so far shown interest in investment by India in their oil and gas sectors.

India sees oil and gas-related interaction with Russia as a "flagship sector of commercial cooperation between the two nations,” India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said earlier. The country has also been looking at extending economic ties with Russia in areas such as coking coal, timber and liquefied natural gas (LNG), as it sees great potential there.
 

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