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Iran Press TV

Russia to deploy warplanes in Arctic Ocean

Iran Press TV

Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:12PM

Russia's Defense Ministry has announced the installation of new radar detectors on the Arctic Ocean islands, while planning to also deploy jet fighters in the northern region.

"We have been talking a lot about building up Russian power in the Arctic. The armed forces are superfluous here. We have new hardware deployed on the islands of the Arctic Ocean," Russia's Deputy Commander of Aerospace Defense Kirill Makarov said on Saturday.

"It's all being done for the Russian Federation to defend its interests across the country, and also promote its interests in the Arctic," he added.

The remarks by Markarov were made just days after Russian defense forces deployed Takhion and Eleron-3 military drones in the Arctic to begin conducting reconnaissance and monitoring flights in the region.

The development comes following massive military maneuvers in March to examine the readiness of Russian armed forces in launching countermeasures against potential challenges in the northern regions.

Nearly 38,000 troops participated in the war games, which also involved the deployment of dozens of warships and submarines as well as more than 100 fighter jets and combat helicopters.

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