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‘Russia to focus on Arctic, gains 150 aircraft’

Russia will add focus to its airborne military presence in the Arctic, but will above all add over 150 aircraft and helicopters to its airborne assets in 2015. A Ministry of Defense spokesperson acknowledged the news recently.

The Russian Air Force will add Su-30CM, Su-30M2, Su-35S Flanker, Su-34 Fullback and MiG-29SMT Fulcrum multi-role fighter aircraft to its inventory, as well as Yak-130 trainers, An-148 and IL-76 transport aircraft, plus Ka-52, Mi-28N, Mi-8AMTSh, Mi-8MTPR, Mi-35M, Mi-26, Ka-226 and Ansat-U helicopters. Combined, their numbers total over 150.

Also, the main activities of the Air Force are said to focus on increasing presence in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. How this statement should be seen in light of last week’s deployment of significant Russian firepower to the former Ukrainian territory of the Crimea, remains to be seen.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

The Su-34 bomber from the October 2014 batch (Image © Sukhoi Company)
The Su-34 bomber from the October 2014 batch (Image © Sukhoi Company)
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The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E (Image © Sukhoi Company (JSC))