Construction Begins on Largest NATO Base in Europe in Romania, Costing €2.5B

The base will feature runways, hangars, storage for weapons, fuel, and lubricants, along with training facilities, schools, kindergartens, shops, and a hospital.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 05:55 AM, March 18, 2024
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Construction Begins on Largest NATO Base in Europe in Romania, Costing €2.5B
Scheme of Romanian base expansion @Euronews

Construction has commenced on what is set to be the largest NATO base in Europe, situated in Romania, with a construction cost of €2.5 billion.

This was first reported by Euronews.

The project will see the expansion of the Romanian Air Force's 57th Air Base Mihail Kogălniceanu, encompassing an expansive area of 2,800 hectares with a perimeter spanning 30 kilometers. Once completed, the base is slated to accommodate approximately 10,000 NATO troops along with their families.

Equipped with essential infrastructure, the base in Constanța County is poised to include runways, aircraft hangars, storage and deployment facilities for weapons, fuel, and lubricants, as well as training equipment, schools, kindergartens, shops, and a hospital.

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