Experts of the CNN TV channel, having studied satellite images of the American company Maxar Technologies, note that Russia is actively developing these bases for the latest types of weapons, including for the deployment of the Poseidon nuclear submarine drone.
The photographs also show underground storage facilities, apparently built specifically for the Poseidons. In addition, new radar stations near Alaska and an air base in the Far North were caught in the lens of the satellites.
“Russia is accumulating unprecedented military power in the Arctic and testing its latest weapons in the region.
Military experts and officials have already expressed particular concerns about Russia's "superweapon", the Poseidon torpedo, which is undergoing rapid development.
This unmanned, stealthy torpedo is powered by a nuclear reactor and is designed to bypass coastal defenses, such as the American one, along the seabed. The device is designed to deliver a multi-megaton nuclear warhead that would render sections of the target's coastline uninhabitable for decades.
In November, Christopher Ford, then Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, said the Poseidon was intended to "flood US coastal cities with radioactive tsunamis".
Satellite images provided to CNN by space technology company Maxar show a dramatic and continuous buildup of Russian military bases and equipment on the country's Arctic coast, as well as underground storage facilities, likely for Poseidon and other new high-tech weapons. Russian equipment in the Far North includes bombers and MiG-31BM fighters, as well as new radar systems off the coast of Alaska.
And while the bases are located on Russian soil and are part of the legitimate protection of its borders and coastline, US officials have expressed concern that these forces could be used to establish de facto control over other Arctic territories that will soon become ice-free.