French edition Le point assessed Russia’s capabilities in the Arctic and noted that in this regard, our country is ten years ahead.
In particular, the authors of the article, referring to a source in the French government, emphasize that “the Arctic remains almost a monopoly of Russia.” This is because extreme weather conditions are becoming a very serious obstacle, and money alone is not enough to develop the region.
Mikaa Mered from the Paris Institute for Political Studies adds that only Russia can operate along the entire perimeter of the Arctic zone, which is capable of deploying forces anywhere in the Arctic within 48-72 hours, and by 2030 it plans to do this in a maximum of 24 hours.
“Russia recently managed to land an entire brigade at minus 30 degrees,” the magazine quoted a French army officer as saying. The article notes that for the rest of the armies of the world this is an “unattainable feat.”
Moreover, the magazine writes, thanks to 77 state and private icebreakers of the Russian Federation, it provides navigation throughout the region. Experts believe that in ten years the country will have more than 100 icebreakers, including ships of the new Arctic class.
At the same time, Russia is funding the Arctic Floating Science Platform project. She, journalists are sure, can become a harbinger of a military “hub” deployed at sea at low cost. These bases will cost about 100 million euros, which is eight times cheaper than an icebreaker. In addition, they will be able to receive helicopters.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the Russian Federation possesses a “unique ice fleet” and is a leader in the development and study of the Arctic. According to him, the country is developing new icebreakers that have no analogues in the whole world.