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NATO's New Opportunities in the Arctic: Year-Round Operation of Thule Air Base in Greenland

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The northernmost American military airbase aviation is the airbase at Tula in Greenland. Not only American, but also Canadian aircraft are stationed there, including the CF-18 Hornet fighters of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The main task of the presence of fighters at the base in Tula is to prove the concept of year-round operations in Arctic conditions.


The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) recently announced that RED HORSE Squadron 823 Squadron will deploy the Mobile Aircraft Emergency Stop System (MAAS) at Tula Air Force Base. It is to test the system that Canadian fighters are needed at the airbase.

MAAS is intended for use anywhere in the world where fighter action may be required from short or icy airstrips, as well as from airstrips that have been destroyed by enemy forces. Such equipment can also be used to stop a fighter in an emergency, which is also of great interest in an arctic climate.

Before the introduction of the system, the year-round use of combat aviation in the Arctic was significantly hampered. Now the MAAS system reduces flight safety risks, which are very significant in the Arctic climate. Indeed, at the same airbase in Tula, the air temperature can drop to -47 degrees in winter.


It will be recalled that the construction of the Thule airbase began in 1950. The American command proposed to use the airbase to house fighter planes, as well as surface-to-air missiles to counter possible threats of an attack by Soviet bombers. That is, as we can see, rather serious hopes were pinned on the air base in the context of a likely global military conflict.

Apparently, the new complication of the global military-political situation has demanded that NATO return to the modernization of the air base in Greenland. At the airfield, special platforms were installed for the rapid deployment of MAAS throughout the year.

MAAS is a pair of mobile units, each of which consists of a BAK-12 obstacle barrier mounted on a mobile trailer. The brake block of the BAK-12 barrier barrier is an energy-absorbing system,

- says the NORAD system manual.

The use of the system made it possible to intensify military exercises in the region. So, from March 20 to 26, military exercises Amalgam Dart 21-2 were held, in which the United States Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force took part. The exercises took place in the north of the United States and Canada, as well as in Greenland, although the latter territory is under Danish jurisdiction. But Denmark is also a partner of the United States and Canada in the North Atlantic Alliance.

NATO's New Opportunities in the Arctic: Year-Round Operation of Thule Air Base in Greenland

Fighters, AWACS aircraft, search and rescue aircraft, helicopters, tankers and transport aircraft of various types took part in the military exercises. NATO approached the organization of exercises in great detail, striving to develop and test in practice a mechanism for unified actions of combat and auxiliary aviation in an armed conflict.

Tula airbase in these exercises also had a special role to play. By the way, the strategic value of Greenland is such that not long ago Donald Trump, when he was the President of the United States, spoke of his desire to acquire the island from Denmark. But even without its acquisition, the use of the base opens up new opportunities for NATO in the Arctic. Apparently, these capabilities will only grow, including through the development and strengthening of military infrastructure.

We don't want to find ourselves in a situation where defeat at the end of the game is our only option,

- emphasized Air Force General Glen van Herk, commander of NORAD and the US Northern Command.
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  1. Borik
    Borik 26 March 2021 11: 56
    0
    Yes, so that they freeze there.
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 26 March 2021 12: 45
      -5
      Cool guys there ...
      The US Air Force RED HORSE is going to use the Mobile Aircraft Emergency Stop System (MAAS) at the Tula airbase. It is to check the system that Canadian fighters are needed at the airbase..
      And yourself ??? Terrible ???
    2. knn54
      knn54 26 March 2021 13: 32
      -2
      Boris: only frostbites at the airbase were not enough.
      Interestingly, the Nazis have the Tule society. Here is the airbase.
      Coincidence. Or? ...
      1. Hunter 2
        Hunter 2 26 March 2021 13: 47
        +1
        Still, they will wring it out like Mattress covers from Denmark - Greenland ... it was not for nothing that they were presented with offers for sale bully
        1. Doccor18
          Doccor18 26 March 2021 18: 02
          +4
          Quote: Hunter 2
          Still, it looks like Mattress toppers from Denmark - Greenland ...

          Yes, especially, and they do not need ... the United States and so everything that they wanted, they have there. Even during the Cold War, they wanted to seal ICBMs in ice ...
      2. Errr
        Errr 26 March 2021 16: 57
        +1
        Quote: knn54
        Interestingly, the Nazis have the Tule society. Here is the airbase.
        Coincidence. Or? ...
        Not a coincidence. Thule is the legendary northern island described by the ancient Greek merchant Pytheas. Ancient historians called him a liar and a dreamer. The disputes around the island of Thule, located in the Arctic Circle (according to the description of Pytheas, the polar day there lasts a whole month), did not subside for many centuries. Thus, both the Danish name of the Eskimo village of Uummannak and the name of the German occult society Thule-Gesellschaft have a common origin. Thanks to Pytheus. yes
  2. Trapp1st
    Trapp1st 26 March 2021 12: 14
    +1
    NATO's New Opportunities in the Arctic: Year-Round Operation of Thule Air Base in Greenland
    Opa Tula in Greenland, you need to moor her in her native harbor)
    1. sabakina
      sabakina 26 March 2021 12: 40
      +2
      Quote: Trapp1st
      Opa Tula in Greenland, you need to moor her in her native harbor)
      Thule airbase in Greenland, not Tula airbase in Greenland. wink
      1. Trapp1st
        Trapp1st 26 March 2021 12: 44
        +2
        Thule airbase in Greenland, not Tula airbase in Greenland. wink
        Oh really, well thanks, I'll know laughing
        1. sabakina
          sabakina 26 March 2021 12: 45
          0
          On health. drinks
        2. sabakina
          sabakina 26 March 2021 12: 46
          +3
          But it would be interesting to see Greenland in Tula. wink
  3. aleks neym_2
    aleks neym_2 26 March 2021 12: 33
    +1
    But still, it's somehow not very pleasant to have at hand, at least something weak, but sickening ... only attention and resources distract ...
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 26 March 2021 12: 46
      0
      Yes, it has been there since the 50s. Already familiar to ours. The calculation of forces and means has long been made.
  4. Serge Bermudov
    Serge Bermudov 26 March 2021 12: 44
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    3 Schnicks sniffed on the keyboard
    1. Trapp1st
      Trapp1st 26 March 2021 12: 47
      +3
      3 Schnicks sniffed on the keyboard
      Well, at least on the keyboard and not on the nose laughing
    2. sabakina
      sabakina 26 March 2021 12: 58
      +1
      Quote: Serge Bermudov
      3 Schnicks sniffed on the keyboard

      Who are the 3 Schnicks and why did they sneak around? recourse
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 26 March 2021 12: 47
    -1
    NATO's New Opportunities in the Arctic: Year-Round Operation of Thule Air Base in Greenland
    And sho? The locals should have a headache .... although, there, as elsewhere, everything is tied to babosiki, for sure.
    1. Grits
      Grits 26 March 2021 14: 22
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      Quote: rocket757
      The locals must have a headache ....

      Duc local there for hundreds of kilometers is mute.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 26 March 2021 14: 32
        -3
        Well, yes, this is not an overpopulated central gayrope ... but local ones, there are some.
  6. Serge Bermudov
    Serge Bermudov 26 March 2021 12: 52
    -1
    how much unmotivated aggression.
    1. sabakina
      sabakina 26 March 2021 13: 00
      +1
      Quote: Serge Bermudov
      how much unmotivated aggression.

      Who?
  7. Serge Bermudov
    Serge Bermudov 26 March 2021 12: 58
    -4
    transitions to conversations And I have a border guard brother. Will not. but the fact that intoxicated young men hammer Klava furiously under the TV. and its rays of diarrhea is a reality.
    1. GTYCBJYTH2021
      GTYCBJYTH2021 27 March 2021 10: 30
      -2
      Quote: Serge Bermudov
      transitions to conversations And I have a border guard brother. Will not. but the fact that intoxicated young men hammer Klava furiously under the TV. and its rays of diarrhea is a reality.

      My friend, no offense ....... I AM FIRST HERE IN NUMBER OF MINUSES ...... Border guard brother .... young men klava hammering ..... I agree = the site is obnoxious ..... others are not better. ...... hi