New runway opens at Estonian air base
The official opening ceremony of a new runway at NATO’s Ämari Air Base has been held outside Tallinn, Estonia. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves referred to this as an event of great military and political significance.
The base, which used to host a military aerodrome during the Soviet era, is now capable of simultaneously accepting 16 NATO fighters and up to 20 transport aircraft.
The base’s reconstruction started two years ago and proved to be the Estonian Defense Ministry’s most expensive project, despite being funded jointly with NATO.The entire complex is due for completion in 2012, regardless of Russian protests against the Alliance’s expansion to the East.