Afrikanda air base

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Afrikanda airfield
IATA: noneICAO: none
Airport type Military
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Russian Air Force
Serves Afrikanda
Built Unknown
In use Unknown-2000
Elevation AMSL 505 ft / 154 m
Coordinates 67°27′24″N 032°47′12″E / 67.45667°N 32.78667°E / 67.45667; 32.78667Coordinates: 67°27′24″N 032°47′12″E / 67.45667°N 32.78667°E / 67.45667; 32.78667
Afrikanda is located in Murmansk Oblast
Location in Murmansk Oblast
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 8,202 2,500 Concrete

Afrikanda is a military air base in Murmansk Oblast, Russia. It is located just north of the village of the same name.

Though it is built for fighter operations with 30 revetments, it has largely served the interceptor aircraft role. It was home to the 431 IAP (431st Fighter Aviation Regiment), which operated 39 Su-15TM jets and a number of Su-27 aircraft (some sources give this as 470th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment). In 1978 a Sukhoi Su-15 was launched from Afrikanda to intercept Korean Air Flight 902, a Boeing 707 which was later forcefully landed.

It is possible that Afrikanda may have closed around 2000 due to budget cuts.[citation needed]


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