Soltsy-2

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Soltsy-2
Tu-22M3 Russian Air Force, Soltsy.jpg
Tu-22M3 of the Russian Air Force at Soltsy in 2007
IATA: noneICAO: XLLL
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Russian Air Force
Location Soltsy
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 58°8′48″N 030°19′54″E / 58.14667°N 30.33167°E / 58.14667; 30.33167Coordinates: 58°8′48″N 030°19′54″E / 58.14667°N 30.33167°E / 58.14667; 30.33167
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 9,842 3,000 Concrete

Soltsy-2 (also spelled Sol'tsy, Soltsy, Solcy, Solcy 2) (ICAO: XLLL) is an air base in Novgorod Oblast, Russia located 2 km north of Soltsy and 72 km southwest of Novgorod. It contains large aircraft revetments, with a separate compound of 9 hardened areas about 1 mile from the airfield.

In 1992, the headquarters of the 326th Heavy Bomber Aviation Division (326 TBAD) arrived from Tartu in newly independent Estonia. In 1998 the division headquarters was moved to Ukrainka in the Far East.[1]

The 840th Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment (840 TBAP) flew Tupolev Tu-22M aircraft from November 1951 through to 2010.[2] The regiment was disbanded in 2010 following the changes initiated by the Russian military reforms from 2008.[3]

Natural Resources Defense Council lists Soltsy-2 as a nuclear weapons facility.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tartu, Estonian SSSR, 12.59 - 1992 [58 24 08N, 26 49 19E]. Michael Holm, 326th Heavy Bomber Aviation Division, accessed September 2011
  2. ^ "840th Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment". Michael Holm.  Note Holm appears to incorrect state the regiment disbanded in 1994.
  3. ^ Warfare.ru, Air Force structure, accessed September 2011