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New Siberian Air Base Above Polar Circle?  
User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2961 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5301 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 Philippines, joined Oct 2003, 14464 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5165 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



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5096 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, 4810 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5066 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, 2961 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5026 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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