Chkalovsk airfield near Kaliningrad has traditionally been one of the main bases for military aviation in the Kaliningrad region. The Russian Defense Ministry will modernize two airfields in its Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, Commander of the Baltic Fleet Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on 22 February 2012. “We are planning to increase the length of the runway to 3,500 meters at the airfield in Chkalovsk so that it would be able to receive any kind of aircraft, including Boeings and Airbuses,” Chirkov said. The reconstruction will take about two years. The Defense Ministry is also planning to rebuild an abandoned Soviet-era airfield for hydroplanes on the Baltic Spit. The admiral said the Baltic Fleet will have at least four amphibious aircraft for reconnaissance and search-and-rescue missions by March 2013.
The reconstruction of the Chkalovsk airfield by FSUE Spetsstroy has been carried out since 2012. During the work, the reconstruction of the runway of the airfield was carried out, the length of which was increased from 2600 to 3100 meters, which allows receiving aircraft of any classes, new parking lots for aircraft, modern communications and power lines, radio and lighting equipment were replaced, and a new one was built complex of ground facilities.
During the reconstruction of the Chkalovsk airfield, the aviation of the 72nd air base of the Baltic Fleet Naval Aviation located on it was relocated to the nearby Chernyakhovsk airfield. Su-24M and Su-30SM planes from the 72nd Baltic Fleet Naval Aviation Base at the Chkalovsk airport (Kaliningrad). As announced October 4, 2018 press service of the Western Military District, about 20 crews of the 72th Air Base naval aviation of the Baltic Fleet began to hop from the airport to the airport Chernyahovsk Chkalovsk [Kaliningrad] after the completion of its extensive renovation.
In the course of the planned reconstruction of the Chkalovsk airfield, a modern concrete coating was laid on taxiways and aircraft parking areas, allowing all types of modern military and civil aircraft to land. The runway features improved during the reconstruction now allow several aircraft to take off simultaneously.
The aerodrome’s ability to accommodate aviation equipment has also been significantly expanded — parking lots and taxiways have been significantly increased. Safety lanes are equipped. During the reconstruction, a great deal of work was done to modernize the drainage system, power supply and lighting networks, as well as communication systems. Currently, the updated aerodrome can accommodate more than five different types of aircraft.
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