Vladimir Putin’s army was keen to show off its new red, white and blue base which will be home to 150 troops.
Built in the desolate Franz Josef Land, where winter temperatures plummet to -40C, the huge base covers 14,000 square metres.
It’s the second unit built in the Arctic, where Russia plans to cash in on the region’s oil and gas reserves which are said to be worth as much as £23trillion.
Aside from preparing for war, troops stationed in the five-storey complex can also visit the facility’s cinema, table tennis and billiards room.
And Putin’s army will also be joined by sled-pulling huskies and reindeer special forces.
It comes after Russia boasted it could wipe out America’s Navy with an “electronic bomb”.
Officials are considering deploying a range of military jets which can shoot down long and short range bombers.
Russian military expert Igor Sutyagin said the base will be key for surveillance, and include both anti-ship and anti-aircraft defences.
“It meant that virtually everybody could enter the waters without notice. Now you need radar so you are just aware of what passes through.”
The Arctic is thought to hold more hydrocarbon reserves than Saudi Arabia.