Construction of phase one facilities, which ensure the operation of Nagurskoye military airfield, are being completed on Alexander Island located on Frantz Josef Land Archipelago, the Information Department of the Russian Defense Ministry told the press on Wednesday.
“After the modernization is completed, the airfield will be capable to accept most of the military transport airplanes throughout the year,” the statement reads.
The airfield construction is carried out within the framework of fulfillment of a strategy for Russian Arctic Zone development and ensuring national security for the period of up to the year 2020.
At present, builders have established temporary roads and cleared the construction site. Construction of a runway is underway.