The satellite images show the slow and methodical strengthening of airfields and trefoil bases–with a shamrock-like design, daubed in the red, white and blue of the Russian flag – at several locations along Russia's Arctic coast over the past five years.
The Russian military build-up has been matched by NATO and US troop and equipment movements. American B-1 Lancer bombers stationed in Norway's Ørland air base have recently completed missions in the eastern Barents Sea, for example. The US military's stealth Seawolf submarine was also acknowledged by US officials in last August as being in the area.
A senior State Department official told CNN： There's clearly a military challenge from the Russians in the Arctic, including their refitting of old Cold War bases and build-up of new facilities on the Kola Peninsula near the city of Murmansk. That has implications for the United States and its allies, not least because it creates the capacity to project power up to the North Atlantic, the official said.
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An area of land set aside for the takeoff, handing, and maintenance of aircraft.
The new missile is initially intended for stationary targets such as airfields.
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