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    Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:04 pm

    Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    All of Russia’s military airfields will be upgraded and modernized by 2020, Defense Ministry spokesman Col Vladimir Drik said on Thursday.

    That includes airbases, flight test and training centers, army aviation sites, and other facilities, he said.

    This year construction of new runways and command and control structures will begin at military airports in the Krasnodar territory, and the Saratov, Astrakhan, and Kaliningrad regions.

    Gen Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said in November the Defense Ministry had a total of 356 aerodromes.

    http://www.en.ria.ru/mlitary_news/20120126/170964645.html

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  GarryB on Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:42 am

    Excellent news... there is no point in spending enormous amounts of money on new kit and not giving the bases they operate from a good upgrade.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:42 am

    Russia to Rebuild Military Airfields near NATO Borders

    RIA Novosti

    18:36 22/02/2012 KALININGRAD, February 22 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Defense Ministry will modernize two airfields in its Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, Commander of the Baltic Fleet Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday.

    “We are planning to increase the length of the runway to 3,500 meters at the airfield in Chkalovsk so that it would be able to receive any kind of aircraft, including Boeings and Airbuses,” Chirkov said.

    The reconstruction will take about two years.

    The Defense Ministry is also planning to rebuild an abandoned Soviet-era airfield for hydroplanes on the Baltic Spit.

    The admiral said the Baltic Fleet will have at least four amphibious aircraft for reconnaissance and search-and-rescue missions by March 2013.

    The importance of the Kaliningrad exclave, surrounded by NATO members Lithuania and Poland, to Russia’s national security has grown considerably in the past few years as Moscow searches for ways to counter the European missile shield.

    Russia has recently activated a long-range radar in the region and is planning to deploy S-400 Triumf air defense systems and Iskander (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile systems there in the near future.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2012/russia-120222-rianovosti03.htm


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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  George1 on Wed May 30, 2012 11:41 pm

    Russia to Reopen Arctic Airbases

    Selected air units of Russia’s Western military district will start this year preparations to return to abandoned Arctic airfields, the commander of the district’s aviation Maj. Gen. Igor Makushev said on Wednesday.

    Military airfields in the Arctic were used extensively in the Soviet era, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 they have been generally mothballed.

    “We will start reopening airfields on Novaya Zemlya and in Naryan-Mar as early as this summer,” Makushev told a news conference in St. Petersburg.

    Plans for next year include the reopening of a military airfield on Graham Bell Island, which is part of Franz Josef Land.

    Russia has announced plans to deploy a combined-arms force to protect its political and economic interests in the Arctic region by 2020, including military, border and coastal guard units to guarantee Russia's military security in diverse military and political circumstances.

    Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said in July 2011 that two arctic brigades would be stationed in “Murmansk or Arkhangelsk or some other place.”

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20120530/173757083.html

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    Post  Viktor on Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:20 pm

    Now this is interesting. Does anybody know how many military bases will there be by 2020 or batter its location?

    He mentioned work on Russia’s military airfield network. During the last four years, four new airfields were built and 28 were reportedly modernized. Work to the tune of 40 billion rubles is planned for nine more over the coming four years.

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    List of air force airfields - in progress

    Post  eridan on Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:06 pm

    Would anyone like to help me with this project? I would like to compose a list of active air force airfields in current Russian air force. Since it is a huge project, it would be done in stages. First stage - only combat aircraft.

    For the end result I would like to have:
    Name of the airfield and its coordinates.
    Under which aviation base unit it is organized within the air force.
    Which squadrons (at least which type of plane do they operate) are based on that airfield, and under which aviation group are those squadrons organized.
    At least some, relatively up to date photos of each type of plane stationed in that airfield.

    I understand it is a project which will always be in progress, but since I haven't found anything similar on the web which is actually kept up to date, perhaps this could be useful for new members.

    We would definitely need recent photographic proof and source for each claim on the list. I hope fellow members of this forum can help with that and little by little we can all add bits of info and make up the whole list.

    For now, let us establish which bases are actually operational and which have been closed. Google earth imagery is enough for that, IF it offers relatively recent images. Problem is, of course, what to do if there is a base that isn't shown on GE? Are there such bases? Does anyone know of some?


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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  eridan on Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:26 am

    So...
    There is Chkalovsk airfield. 54°46'00"N 020°23'49"E
    There are two recent images of it on GE, both from 2011, and planes parked there are moved around in the second image, so one can assume it was active in 2011. Do we know if it is still active today? (su27 and su24 are seen there)

    Kursk (Khalino?) airfield 51°45'02"N 036°17'45"E
    One image from 2011, one from 2012. Mig29 seen in different positions, still active? There is also a different image from Bing maps but I can't tell when it was taken. Actually, for most airfields there is a bing maps image available, most even look quite recent, but there is no date given so i can't use them as a valid proof.

    Monchegorsk airfield 67°59'20"N 033°01'09"E
    Two images from 2011 suggesting an active base. Su24 and mig25 or mig31 visible. Maybe a recce unit and not combat one?

    Petrozavodsk 61°53'06"N 034°09'17"E
    Two images from 2011. Active? Su27 visible.

    Voronezh 51°37'09"N 039°08'24"E
    Two images from 2011. Active? Su24, Su34 Mig25 (mig31?) visible.

    Chelyabinsk 55°15'39"N 061°17'54"E
    Two images from 2011 and one from 2012. Su24 visible. Active?

    Domna 51°54'59"N 113°07'17"E
    One image from 2011, one from 2012, one from 2013. Su25 and Mig29 visible. Active?

    Kansk 56°07'26"N 095°39'44"E
    Sadly, most recent images are from 2010, two of them. Mig31 visible. Not sure if still active. Does anyone have more recent images of activity?

    Kant 42°51'12"N 074°50'48"E
    Sadly, most recent images are from 2009, two of them. Four su25 and lots of parked, probably inactive, migs21. Bing maps image shows the same. Looks as if it may not be a home to an active combat unit. Does anyone have recent images that suggest differently?

    Perm (Bolshoye Savino) 57°54'52"N 056°01'17"E
    One image from 2011, one from 2012. Mig31 visible. Active?


    That's it for now, I'll do more later, that I know of. But please, if anyone has additional photographic proof (can be just images taken at the airfield, as long as there is a visual landmark visible so one can confirm it was taken there) or any sort of article or photograph from the Air force itself - i'd be very grateful if you posted it here.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  TR1 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:12 pm

    I understand your desire (effort is appreciated!) but I would honestly wait a bit untill organization is complete. There will be changes to the current envisaged structure almost for sure within close 1-2 years...

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  Viktor on Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:51 pm

    Interesting enough there where writings that Russian Air force plans massive closure of its airfields and leaving and modernizing only

    small number (in comparison) of existing.

    On the other hand massive numbers where needed and was a part of SU air defense strategy of active and reserve air fields.

    So no matter whether they we operational or not they where part of its assets in case of war.

    Lately there where indications that much more airfields will survive and receive modernization and some new are being constructed

    as we speak. Either way I agree with TR1, these numbers are not final as ADF concept gains more and more significant.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  eridan on Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:31 am

    Are there any recent (2013 or newer) image from Kuchevskaya airbase available? What is going on with that airbase?

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:21 am

    Russia to upgrade 50 military airfields by 2020

    BALASHIKHA (Moscow Region), August 11. /ITAR-TASS/. About 50 military airfields will be repaired and supplied with modern equipment in Russia by 2020, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Col.-Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Monday.

    “Large funds have been allocated for the construction. Today 17 such aerodromes are involved in this effort and we’ll increase their number to 50 by 2020. They will be repaired or built anew,” he said.

    The Russian Air Force has almost 150 military airfields and virtually all of them have been exploited “for a very long time,” Bondarev said.

    A 4 km-long runway was commissioned at the Akhtubinsk flight and testing center in south Russia on August 14, the commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force said.

    “This is a splendid runway, which helps perform all test flights,” he said. The runway will be supplied with ultra-modern navigation equipment to allow landing virtually in any weather conditions, he said.

    “We’ll bring all the aerodromes to this condition,” the commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force said.

    Russia will also restore Arctic aerodromes, including the Rogachyov airfield on Novaya Zemlya and airfields in Vorkuta, Alykel and on Cape Schmidt. The Temp aerodrome on the Kotelny Island of the New Siberian Islands archipelago will be modernized to receive aircraft round the year and eventually land Ilyushin Il-76 heavy military transport planes there, Bondarev said.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:22 am

    Russian Arctic island to serve as base for military transport planes

    BALASHIKHA (Moscow Region), August 11. /ITAR-TASS/. A Russian Arctic aerodrome will be upgraded to receive Ilyushin Il-76 heavy military transport planes, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Col.-General Viktor Bondarev said on Monday.

    Plans are afoot to make the Temp aerodrome on the Kotelny Island of the New Siberian Islands archipelago off Yakutia suitable for Il-76 aircraft, he said.

    “We eventually plan to land Il-76 aircraft there. There are all the necessary conditions for this there,” the commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force said.

    The aerodrome will eventually be able to receive planes all the year round and not only during nine months as is the case now, he said.

    Russian Airborne Troops plan no permanent presence in Arctiс so far
    The restoration of the military base on the New Siberian Islands, which was abandoned after the break-up of the Soviet Union, will help ensure effective and safe control in this part of the Arctic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in September 2013.

    “Our military left the place in 1993. Meanwhile, the place is a very important spot in the Arctic Ocean and a new stage in the development of the Northern Sea Route,” the Russian president said at the time.

    “We have agreed that we’ll both restore the military base there and bring the airfield into order and make it possible for workers of the Emergencies Minister, hydrologists and climate specialists to take part in joint work to ensure safe and effective operations along the Northern Sea Route,” Putin said at the time.

    The Russian Air Force currently pays special attention to creating and developing a network of airfields in the Arctic, the commander-in-chief said.

    “Efforts are underway to develop the Rogachyovo aerodrome on Novaya Zemlya and other northern aerodromes in Vorkuta, Tiksi, Anadyr and on Cape Schmidt, as well as others. These aerodromes will be restored and used as bases for our aviation,” Bondarev said.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  medo on Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:40 pm

    George1 wrote:Russian Arctic island to serve as base for military transport planes

    BALASHIKHA (Moscow Region), August 11. /ITAR-TASS/. A Russian Arctic aerodrome will be upgraded to receive Ilyushin Il-76 heavy military transport planes, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Col.-General Viktor Bondarev said on Monday.

    Plans are afoot to make the Temp aerodrome on the Kotelny Island of the New Siberian Islands archipelago off Yakutia suitable for Il-76 aircraft, he said.

    “We eventually plan to land Il-76 aircraft there. There are all the necessary conditions for this there,” the commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force said.

    The aerodrome will eventually be able to receive planes all the year round and not only during nine months as is the case now, he said.

    Russian Airborne Troops plan no permanent presence in Arctiс so far
    The restoration of the military base on the New Siberian Islands, which was abandoned after the break-up of the Soviet Union, will help ensure effective and safe control in this part of the Arctic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in September 2013.

    “Our military left the place in 1993. Meanwhile, the place is a very important spot in the Arctic Ocean and a new stage in the development of the Northern Sea Route,” the Russian president said at the time.

    “We have agreed that we’ll both restore the military base there and bring the airfield into order and make it possible for workers of the Emergencies Minister, hydrologists and climate specialists to take part in joint work to ensure safe and effective operations along the Northern Sea Route,” Putin said at the time.

    The Russian Air Force currently pays special attention to creating and developing a network of airfields in the Arctic, the commander-in-chief said.

    “Efforts are underway to develop the Rogachyovo aerodrome on Novaya Zemlya and other northern aerodromes in Vorkuta, Tiksi, Anadyr and on Cape Schmidt, as well as others. These aerodromes will be restored and used as bases for our aviation,” Bondarev said.

    If Russia will actually restart Mig-31 production, than they should build 2 regiments of new fighters to place them on those Arctic airfields with a squadron per airfield. Of course, they should also build warm hangars for planes to increase their service lives.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  medo on Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:26 pm

    Not much here for two years. I would like to ask and with modernization of air bases, it is not only about runways and electronic equipment but also about hangars and shelters for planes to be spared in dry and warm places and not exposed to the weather, when not in duty, how many air bases got new shelters and hangars, even those, which are not yet in modernization process? Majority of Russian air bases have planes in the open and only a few have shelters for them. New planes are expensive and have a lot of sensitive equipment inside, so they need to be stored in objects for longer service life and less malfunctions.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  GarryB on Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:28 am

    I remember reading an article a while back that mentioned 75 air bases being upgraded that year, and that the choice of which air bases got upgraded was determined by which bases were receiving new aircraft... so those that got new aircraft were upgraded first... which makes sense to me.


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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  Mike E on Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:03 pm

    Holy crap! That seems really fast, or is it just me?

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  medo on Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:22 pm

    http://maps.yandex.ru/?ll=137.081667,50.605&spn=0.03,0.03&l=sat&pt=137.081667,50.605

    http://maps.yandex.ru/?ll=113.116667,51.916667&spn=0.03,0.03&l=sat&pt=113.116667,51.916667

    Here are satellite pictures of Domna and Dzemgi air base in Far East. Domna have Su-30SM regiment, Dzemgi have Su-35 regiment. Domna have 30 shelters, so new Su-30SM will be stored in there, but the rest of Mig-29 and Su-25 planes will have to be outside. On the other hand Dzemgi doesn't have shelters and Su-35 and Su-27SM fighters have to be outside. This is strange. They pay many millions for those planes, but not few thousand for a roof for them.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  Viktor on Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:44 pm

    Nice thumbsup

    Over 120 airfields to be built or overhauled in Russia till 2020 — defense minister

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    Military airfields status

    Post  medo on Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:38 am

    Viktor wrote:Nice  thumbsup

    Over 120 airfields to be built or overhauled in Russia till 2020 — defense minister

    Excellent, I hope they will also build new shelters and hangars for planes and helicopters. Keeping them in warm and dry places will also extend their working lives.

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    Re: Russia to Modernize All Military Airfields by 2020

    Post  George1 on Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:02 am

    On the reconstruction of the air base in Korenovsk our blog has already reported. On the airfield Korenovsk based reconstituted December 1, 2015 the 55th separate regiment of Army Aviation (formerly the 393rd Sevastopol Air Base Army Aviation) 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Southern Military District.



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