Russian military participation in the Arctic has been rising throughout the past couple of decades, as have U.S. leaders’ worries about it. Samuel Bendett, research analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses’ International Affairs Group, stated that this new campaign fits in with the prioritization of the Arctic of Russia.

“Russia views the Arctic as a place vital to the national security — to its defense of the country, for its economic growth and for environmental elements,” Bendett explained.

“The government has raised the problem of the issues seeking to track such a huge region, and unmanned systems had been termed as critical for this function. Russia put a premium on ISR technology that provide it with the capability to track the Arctic.” Bendett stated the drone ability function without GPS/Glonass in addition to to withstand a harsh environment is an integral part of its layout.