Kleine Brogel Air Base

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Kleine Brogel Air Base
(Advanced Landing Ground B-76)
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A Belgian F-16AM fighter jet taking off from the Kleine Brogel Air Base in September 2009.
IATA: noneICAO: EBBL
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Belgian Air Component
Location Kleine-Brogel, Belgium
Elevation AMSL 200 ft / 61 m
Coordinates 51°10′06″N 005°28′12″E / 51.16833°N 5.47000°E / 51.16833; 5.47000Coordinates: 51°10′06″N 005°28′12″E / 51.16833°N 5.47000°E / 51.16833; 5.47000
Map
EBBL is located in Belgium
EBBL
EBBL
Location in Belgium
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05L/23R 3,095 10,154 Asphalt/Concrete
05R/23L 2,400 7,874 Asphalt/Concrete
Sources: Belgian AIP[1]

Kleine Brogel Air Base (ICAO: EBBL) is a Belgian Air Component military airfield located 0.8 nautical miles (1.5 km; 0.92 mi) east[1] of Kleine-Brogel, in the municipality Peer, Belgium. It is home to the Belgian 10th Tactical Wing, operating F-16 Fighting Falcons, which are capable, among other capabilities, of delivering B61 nuclear bombs.

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The base has been subject to much political controversy, because of American nuclear weapons allegedly being stored in the facility by the United States Air Force (USAF), but never recognized officially by the Belgian government.[2] Under the NATO nuclear sharing arrangement, these nuclear bombs would require an actual dual key system, which would imply the simultaneous authorizations of Belgium and the United States, before any action is taken. Should that be the case, Kleine Brogel Air Base would be the only location in Belgium with nuclear weapons.[3][4] According to the press, Eastern European member states of NATO have resisted the withdrawal of the shared nuclear bombs from Europe, fearing it would show a weakening of American commitment to defend the European Union against Russian aggression.[5]

None of the five NATO member states, whose air forces allegedly might share in its premises nuclear bombs with the USAF (these are Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey),[5] have ever provided an official confirmation of its existence. However, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga declared that the Aeronautica Militare hosted or shared American nuclear bombs, just as other NATO member states do. In an interview he talked about French weapons.[6][7] In the same way, on 10 June 2013, former Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers confirmed the existence of 22 shared nuclear bombs at Volkel Air Base.[8]

Kleine Brogel Air Base is also the home of the United States Air Force's 701st Munitions Support Squadron which allegedly is the unit in charge of looking after the shared nuclear bombs.[9][10]

AFN Benelux broadcast from Kleine Brogel Air Base in the 106.2 MHz in FM.[11]

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