RUSSIAN war games came to the Arctic today as Vladimir Putin authorized the first-ever use of his Bastion coastal missile complex north of the polar circle.
The exercise was staged on Kotelny, part of the Novosibirsk chain of islands between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian seas. Ahead of the test firing of the P-800 Oliks, Russian northern fleet spokesman Captain Vadim Serga said: “Missiles will be fired on a remote target imitating a group of surface ships of the simulated enemy.”
The Bastion deployment was made recently to the far-flung island as part of Putin’s drive to modernize Russian defenses in the Arctic. – More
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