Northern Fleet begins multiservice exercises in Arctic

The Northern Fleet has begun multiservice tactical exercises engaging over 1,000 servicemen and more than 50 pieces of hardware on the Taimyr Peninsula near Norilsk, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

Over 1,000 servicemen, 14 aircraft and 34 combat and special purpose vehicles take part in the drill. Source: Mil.ru

The Northern Fleet has begun multiservice tactical exercises engaging over 1,000 servicemen and more than 50 pieces of hardware on the Taimyr Peninsula near Norilsk, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

"The exercises will practice interaction between various arms and branches of forces and will check the readiness of troops and hardware to operate on unfamiliar terrain in the Arctic zone," the Northern Fleet press service said in a report seen by Interfax-AVN on August 24.

Northern Fleet Commander Vladimir Korolyov, who is supervising the drills, said, "This practice aims to bolster security in the Russian Arctic, to ensure unhampered economic operations of our state in this region and to protect its territory and facilities from potential military threats."

The exercises are "purely defensive, they are not targeted against third-party states and they are being held on schedule," the fleet press service has quoted Korolyov as saying.

The main distinctive feature of the exercises is that "the engaged forces of the Northern Fleet and other units, their reinforcements, will operate on unfamiliar terrain in the Arctic under a single command," the report said.

A primary objective of the drills is "to practice operations of a multiservice force in the protection and defense of an important industrial facility," it said.

Over 1,000 servicemen, 14 aircraft and 34 combat and special purpose vehicles, among them two-section tracked tow trucks, multirole lightly armored tow trucks (MT-LBV), infantry combat vehicles (BMD-2), quadricycles and unmanned aerial vehicles, take part in the drills, the fleet staff reported.

Troops, hardware and armaments of the Arctic brigade's units have been transported to the exercises area. Arctic motorized infantry units were carried by landing ships of the Northern Fleet operating within a group of warships, the report said.

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