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Lithuanian Military Air Base secondary runway reconstructed in Siauliai

2005.10.28

On 29 October a ceremony to inaugurate the reconstructed secondary runway took place at the Zokniai Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force in Siauliai. The main reconstruction works were completed in the middle of September and in October an illumination system of the runway was installed.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas, Chief of Defence Staff, Brig Gen Vitalijus Vaiksnoras, other representatives of the national defence system.

During the ceremony, a symbolic strip of the runway was cut; the new runway surface was tried by the Lithuanian Air Force light attack plane L-39ZA Albatros and a fighter aircraft F16, one of the US Air Force fighters involved in the NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic States.

The reconstruction of the secondary runway was performed by Siaulių Plentas, a company selected in a tender. The estimation of the reconstruction project amounted to some 36 million litas. The project included the reconstruction of the surface of the secondary runway and taxi-ways and parking areas, marking the facilities, installing drainage system, rain drainage systems etc. Like other airfield reconstruction projects, the secondary runway reconstruction related works have been performed under the NATO security investment programme. In 2004, a 500-meter strip of the primary runway was repaired, aircraft parking areas installed and other works were performed.

Currently, a new tender has been announced for the reconstruction of the primary runway. The works are expected to start in spring 2006. Until the reconstruction of the main runway is over, the secondary runway will be used by the aircraft involved in the air–policing mission.

(EUR 1 = LTL 3.45)

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