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New Siberian Air Base Above Polar Circle?  
User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2898 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4953 times:

I was just checking the Tiksi air base - IKS - on Google and saw that to the west of it there is some soil being moved that looks like an airport. Any thoughts?

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...spn=0.159253,0.63858&t=k&z=11&om=1

It's better to look at the Google Earth program as it has an image without cloud, and more up to date I think.

Could it be they're rebuilding the airport to accommodate diversion from ULH flights? The existing runway looks fine though...


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4817 times:

I have read (I think on the BBC) recently that Russia staked claims for oil exploitation of a huge slice of the Arctic. Could have something to do with it.

Jan


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4748 times:

Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Thread starter):
I was just checking the Tiksi air base - IKS - on Google and saw that to the west of it there is some soil being moved that looks like an airport. Any thoughts?

According to Wikipedia that airfield is Tiksi West:

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Tiksi West is a large abandoned airfield in Sakha Republic, Russia located about 10 km west of Tiksi. It appears on old Department of Defense navigation charts, and satellite imagery as of 2000 continues to show patterns of disturbed ground. The history of the airfield is unknown but its role as a military facility was likely replaced by Tiksi Airport, which serves the area today.


User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4682 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4718 times:

More info should be here, but at the moment, I can't access the site: www.russianairfields.com .


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User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2898 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4678 times:

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 2):
Tiksi West is a large abandoned airfield in Sakha Republic, Russia located about 10 km west of Tiksi. It appears on old Department of Defense navigation charts, and satellite imagery as of 2000 continues to show patterns of disturbed ground. The history of the airfield is unknown but its role as a military facility was likely replaced by Tiksi Airport, which serves the area today

Thanks a lot, that clears it up then! I just wonder why they decided to demolish and remove the old airport (if it ever was operational) rather than leave it abandoned. As there are no traces of tarmac, terminals etc.



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