With most of the ice sheet melting, the Arctic is no longer a region devoid of military or strategic advantages, as recognized by the United States, Russia and China, Popular Mechanics writes.
“New shipping lanes and natural resources worth trillions of dollars every day are becoming more viable in the Arctic,” the newspaper notes. The magazine writes that American interests in the region are protected, in particular, fifth-generation fighters F-22 Raptor and F- 35 Lightning II, stationed in Alaska. The publication notes the critical importance of the peninsula for managing the situation in the Arctic, where “the competition for control is only intensifying.”
According to Popular Mechanics, China is showing particular interest in the region, which is not formally an Arctic country, but intends to create a polar analogue of its Silk Road.
In March 2019, as part of an exercise at Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, 24 F-22 Raptor fighters took off jointly. In addition to two dozen F-22 Raptors, the E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft and the C-17 Globemaster III strategic military transport aircraft participated in the Elephant Walk.