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AIR/HWS Antnäs

Last modified: 21 Mar 2020, submitted by: Joker

Country: Sweden    Region: Norrbotten

Latitude: 65° 32' 36" N     Longitude: -22° 10' 5" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


During the cold war, the air force had a doctrine of dispersed basing in case of WW3; this concept was conceived in the 1950's and called "Bas 60".
Several wartime bases were built across the country, including highway runways as backup for the regular ones.
The idea was having multiple bases with a single squadron based, so that it would be an uneconomic target for nuclear attacks and ensuring endurance and survivability for the air force.
"Bas 60" was primarily dimensioned around the nuclear threat, so when long range attack aircraft (such as the Su-24) emerged as a threat in the 1970's and 1980's the system needed further development. The result was "Bas 90".

Antnäs Emergency highwaystrip airfield of 2000 m on the E4 just SW of Antnäs
TDY QRA's at both ends at grid 65°32'49"N 21°50'27"E and 65°32'11"N 21°48'33"E
Service area at grid 65°32'11"N 21°50'53"E
Airdefence msl site at grid 65°32'44"N 21°50'55"E
The airstrip is only used during exercises and emergencies and may be available at very short notice

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