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The first change of flight personnel and MiG-31BM fighters of a separate mixed air regiment took place at the Rogachevo airfield of the Northern Fleet on the South Island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, which a month ago took up experimental combat duty to protect the state border of the Russian Federation in the Arctic airspace.

The commander of the Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Northern Fleet, Lieutenant General Alexander Otroshchenko, arrived to check the conditions of service for subordinates on the island. He personally piloted a MiG-31bm aircraft from the base airfield on the Kola Peninsula to Novaya Zemlya and landed on it, assessing the reliability and flight capabilities of the modernized aircraft.

Experimental combat duty of fighter-interceptors of the Northern Fleet on Novaya Zemlya in the modern history of Russia is being worked out for the first time. In the course of it, the combat capabilities of using fighter aircraft in the high latitudes of the Arctic are assessed. Naval aviators are gaining experience in its operation at all-season airfields of the islands of the Arctic Ocean, where severe weather conditions have a significant impact on the use of aircraft and helicopters.

Low air temperature, strong side wind, fog and low cloudiness, heavy snowfalls and other vagaries of nature can happen very quickly, even contrary to the forecasts of meteorologists. Therefore, flights here in the Arctic are always carried out according to the actual weather. On the day of the first shift of the experimental combat duty, the pilots were lucky. Together with the intercession at the experimental combat post, they were able to work out training flights to intercept a simulated enemy.

During the month of the air watch on Novaya Zemlya, in dangerous proximity to the Russian air border in the Arctic, no violators were noted.

Several years ago, on Novaya Zemlya, an anti-aircraft missile regiment of the Northern Fleet, equipped with S-400 Triumph air defense systems, took up combat duty to protect the airspace of the Russian Arctic. Experienced combat duty of fighter-interceptors at Arctic airfields significantly expands the area of ​​their application in high latitudes and significantly increases the controlled airspace area over the water area of ​​the Northern Sea Route – Russia’s national transport artery in the Arctic.

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