MiG-31K fighter jets armed with the new Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile based at Kola, Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya could in practice pose a threat it is not possible to defend against in the European Arctic, northern Scandinavia and North-Atlantic.
The rebuilt version of the passenger aircraft Tu-204/214 will be Russia’s equivalent to the U.S. built Boeing P-8 Poseidon that Norway, among others, will deploy for surveillance flights over the Barents- and Norwegian Seas.
Three U.S. B-52 strategic bombers; P8 maritime patrol aircraft, tankers and a RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft were flying over the Barents Sea on Wednesday. Norwegian F-16 fighter jets followed the huge American bombers to 31° East.
Simultaneously as the Northern Fleet sails the largest submarine maneuverer since the days of the Cold War, the “Knyaz Vladimir” Borei-class sub for the first time launched a test missile that cross the Arctic an hit the target on Kamchatka in the Far East.
Russia’s military-patriotic Yunarmiya – or Youth Army – got Norwegian funding to tour the country’s northeastern border region. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee says representatives of such movement should not have been invited to a peace anniversary.