Russia Forming Two Motorized Rifle Brigades for Arctic Missions

Ice ridges in the Beaufort SeaTwo separate motor rifle brigades will be brought into service of Russian army grouping in the Arctic region in 2015-2016, Chief Commander of Russian Ground Troops Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov told reporters on Wednesday. . . .

“Arctic formations will be armed with off-road vehicles, including two-section carrier vehicles, snowmobiles, amphibian vessels. Weapons and special outfits will contribute to successful fulfilment of tasks in northern latitudes. Combat training will be provided with due account of climatic conditions,” the chief commander added.

Image: Ice ridges in the Beaufort Sea (photo: NOAA)