Amderma Airport

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Amderma Airport.jpg
Airport type public/military
Operator Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Airport Amderma"
Serves Amderma
Location Nenets Autonomous Okrug
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 69°45′48″N 61°33′48″E / 69.76333°N 61.56333°E / 69.76333; 61.56333Coordinates: 69°45′48″N 61°33′48″E / 69.76333°N 61.56333°E / 69.76333; 61.56333
AMV is located in Nenets Autonomous Okrug
Location of airport in Nenets Autonomous Okrug
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 8,530 2,600 reinforced concrete

Amderma Airport (IATA: AMV, ICAO: ULDD) is a former interceptor base in Arctic Russia, near Novaya Zemlya, located 4 km west of Amderma (Амдерма). It is a simple airfield built on a spit along the ocean, with some tarmac space. Nordavia operates twice-monthly flights to Arkhangelsk via Naryan-Mar using Antonov An-24 aircraft.[1]

The facility's prime purpose was to defend the northern approaches to European Russia. Amderma's significance was driven home during the Cold War years when on 1 June 1960 a MiG-19 from Amderma shot down a Boeing RB-47H that was crossing Cape Kanin Nos. Since the 1960s the airfield has been home to the 72 Gv IAP (72 Guards Interceptor Aviation Regiment) of the 10th OA PVO, which was operating at least 31 MiG-31 aircraft during the 1991-94 period.[2] The Tupolev Tu-128 and MiG-19 were stationed here in the 1960s.[3]

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