Russia launches large-scale military manoeuvres in the Arctic

MOSCOW — The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military manoeuvres in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions with the West over Ukraine.

The five-day Arctic drills involving 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines and 110 aircraft are intended to check the readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the military’s ability to deploy additional forces from central Russia.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said “the new challenges and military threats require further increase of the armed forces’ capabilities.”

As part of the exercise the military will check its ability to beef up its forces on the Arctic Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land archipelagos and protect the state borders on land, in the air and at sea, Shoigu said in televised remarks.

Other tasks will include the airlifting of special operations forces to distant locations and efforts to counter the enemy…

h/t Marvin

  • luna

    Is Putin in one of those subs?

    • Clink9

      Probably, it’s full of seamen.

  • Gettingby

    Canada makes some great military weapons. I would prefer to see the government pass a law that makes it mandatory that all citizens sixteen and older, own, and learn to handle safely, Canadian made automatic rifles and small arms. This will create both manufacturing, educational, and recreational jobs as well as providing another level of protection from foreign elements.

    • Nunavut will join my empire for a ship full of vodka.

      • Exile1981

        ship full? They would do it for half a ship of vodka and box of timbits.

    • Observer

      Sorry this is American but how about one of these?

      • Clink9

        That could really ruin someone’s day.

      • Exile1981

        I would love to have one – for target shooting purposes only.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Unfortunately the ammo alone would be cost prohibitive for most normal people.
          At almost $5 a round, that GAU-19b would cost $300 A SECOND to operate.

          My son operated a CROWS II weapons mount system in Afghanistan and to quote him directly, he said he “could do some straight-up ‘predator sh*t’ with that thing” and a .50 cal M2.
          “Laze and Blaze” were also words he mentioned in the next sentence.

          • Exile1981

            Yes but if I could afford the weapon then I could afford the gun. Since this is actually a dream purchase and not real life I’ll ignore the ammo costs for now.

            Though you could also have serious fun with one of these and it’s less expensive to run.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            That’s one heck of a rifle!

            If you wanted some rotary barrel fun at a cost that wouldn’t break the bank, there is a .22LR kit out there to build your own, assuming you have some machining tools and skills.
            If that sounds like too much trouble, you can get a REAL Mini-Gun from these guys if you have the right Federal paperwork.
            In my country you need a dealer’s license to have that kind of fun, so check with your local authorities first.
            It’s POSSIBLE that it’s still legal in Canada, only because no one even thought to make them illegal.

            Sounds like fun!

          • Exile1981

            A rifle 3/4″ bore or less is legal in Canada for hunting purposes. Any weapon which fires multiple rounds with a single depress of the trigger is not allowed. Now I read a few years ago that the government had said that if the trigger pulled fired multiple barrels that was allowed (aka certain double barrel shot guns), but multiple rounds coming out a single barrel = bad. So in the case of a chain gun with multiple barrels you would be violating the spirit of the law but maybe not the actual letter of the law. Of course you have to get a serial number from the feds before starting to build a weapon and you have to have a fabrication license which is $$$$$$$$$$$$; so it’s unlikely they would allow you to build one if you asked for permission.

            Do you have a link to the 22lr one? I want to see a video of that.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            There is a video on the internet that is titled “.22 caliber mini gun”, but it’s actually an airsoft rotary barrel and NOT a .22.
            It’s the video of him shooting at a TV and a doll house, but that’s not really legit. If you notice on that video, that the airsoft rotary gun is not ejecting any brass.
            So far I can only find the misidentified video, so I will skip that one.
            This however is a replica of an M2 .50 cal in 17 caliber.

            I would want one of them too!

  • William Guillaume

    Is that one of Canada’s naval escorts following behind on snowshoes? Says a lot for our woeful navy ecpt. HMCS Toronto

  • Observer

    I think Putin deserves his favorite refresher….. Polonium tea.

  • cmh

    this is what i feared would eventually happen when harper used his bully tactics rather than diplomacy with putin regarding the ukraine which is none of our gd business.

    • Exile1981

      it would have happened sooner or later anyway.