Construction of military towns in Arctic to continue in 2016-2020
The Russian Ministry of Defense will continue to build infrastructure for the Arctic units' to be deployed in 2016-2020, Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov said, TASS reported.
"Work will continue in 2016-2020 to create conditions for the further deployment of Defense Ministry units in the Arctic," he said.
The Arctic Trefoil, an administrative-residential compound on Alexandra Land, which is part of the military infrastructure of Russia's Northern Fleet, has been 97 percent completed, said Mr. Bulgakov. This is the world's only such facility being built on the 80th parallel north.
The compound is more than 14,000 square meters in area. About 200 service personnel will be able to live and work there for over a year. The necessary amount of fuel, lubricants, food and clothing will be stocked for the entire term.
Heated passages will connect infrastructure sites inside the compound to protect personnel from exposure to the harsh Arctic environment.