The US Army Corps of Engineers intends to carry out construction work at the Kecskemét airbase in Hungary. The agency is ready to conclude a contract with contractors in the amount of up to $ 50 million. This is reported in the documents of the military organization, which RT has read.
“US Army Corps of Engineers European District plans to award a separate contract for the construction of a parallel taxiway and airfield upgrades at Kecskemét Air Force Base, Hungary,” the description reads.
As specified in the department, the total cost of work under the contract will be from $25 million to $50 million. The contractors will have to complete construction within two years.
The work plan involves the creation of a concrete pavement, asphalt side strips, a lighting system for the airfield, marking the airfield and installing airfield signs, as well as the construction of a storm sewer.
According to Andrey Koshkin, a member of the Academy of Military Sciences of the Russian Federation, the modernization of European air bases is an example of how NATO is building up its military potential near Russian borders.
“Airfields, runways are brought into a state that ensures the use of modern aircraft. This is the promotion of NATO infrastructure to the western borders of Russia. Investments, modernization – all this will ultimately lead to the emergence of military facilities that will ensure an increase in the combat readiness of the armed forces that are part of the North Atlantic Alliance. Under any force majeure circumstances, this runway will be used in the interests of the collective West, ”he said in an interview with RT.
Koshkin also noted that such events are usually planned in advance. However, the current state of affairs on the European continent made it necessary to intensify the process.
In 2018, the US Department of Defense was already carrying out work to upgrade the air base in Kecskemet – a storage facility for fuels and lubricants and other facilities were built. $55.4 million was allocated for this from the American budget.
Over the past few years, the Pentagon has intended to equip the Powidz air base in Poland, design military installations in the Baltic countries, as well as in Georgia and Armenia to support US “defense activities”.