Romania Plans to Invest €2.5B to Reconstruct Black Sea Air Base
BUCHAREST, (BM) – Following the tensions in Romania over the anti-Saudi air defense system from Bucharest, a statement was announced that the state plans to spend an additional 2,5 billion euros to “improve the security system”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
In Romania, it must be recalled, there is an American missile defense facility.
Thus, the Romanian Ministry of Defense, as the Romania-Insider and Profit.ro publications write, plans to reconstruct the military base of Michal (Mikhail) Kogalnichana. This is an air base located not far from the Black Sea coast of Romania.
The main military department of Romania notes that financing for the reconstruction will be carried out in stages – over 20 years, all funds are budgetary. The end result should be as follows: the air base must comply with all NATO standards, including the standards of the alliance for the adoption and maintenance of military aircraft.
From the report: “The base of Mikhail Kogalnichan should not only accommodate the Romanian F-16 air wing, but also F-35 fighters. There will also be a NATO contingent.“
It is noteworthy that the talk about the willingness to fork out for the reconstruction of the air base came after a meeting of the presidents of Romania and the United States. Klaus Johannis discussed the issues of “improving the country’s security system, including military infrastructure.” The head of the Romanian government Vasilika Viorica Danchile discussed the same issues in the USA.
In the reconstruction project: construction of facilities on an area of 30 ha, updating of infrastructure on an area of about 300 ha. New buildings alone will cost the Romanian budget 1,57 billion euros. The base will include (besides, of course, the runway) two large barracks for military personnel, a hostel for families, a hospital, an officer club, a training camp, playgrounds and recreation areas, a sports hall with a swimming pool, a shop, a school and two kindergartens for children of military personnel, own power substation. The total perimeter of the base will be 76 km. According to the country’s Defense Ministry, the base will be able to accommodate about 8 thousand soldiers and officers, in peak situations – up to 10 thousand.
Romanian media recalled that the United States promised to make a contribution of $ 22 million to start the reconstruction of the base, Mikhail Kogalnichanu, but in the end, Trump sent these funds to the construction fund for the wall on the border with Mexico.
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