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Kleine Brogel Air Base


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 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.

Kleine Brogel Air Base
(Advanced Landing Ground B-76)
Kleine Brogel Air Base

A Belgian F-16AM fighter jet taking off from the Kleine Brogel Air Base in September 2009.
  • IATA: none
  • ICAO: 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
Map

Kleine Brogel Air Base
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

History

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. 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. According to the press, Eastern European Member States of NATO resisted the withdrawal of the shared nuclear bombs in Europe, fearing that it would show a weakening of the American commitment to defend the European Union against Russian aggression.

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), 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. 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.

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.

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

Kleine Brogel Air Base

Kleine Brogel Air Base

Kleine Brogel Air Base

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General Info
Country Belgium
ICAO ID EBBL
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 51.168333
51° 10' 06.00" N
Longitude 5.470000
005° 28' 12.00" E
Elevation 200 feet
61 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 000° W (05/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR
Opr HO.
122.1
314.375
243.4
257.8
TAXI
Opr HO.
122.1
278.925
APP
Opr HO.
122.5
337.975
362.3
243.4


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
05R/23L 7874 x 75 feet
2400 x 23 meters
PART CONCRETE, PART ASPHALT, OR PART BITUMEN-BOUND MACADAM. 045FAWT NO
05L/23R 10158 x 148 feet
3096 x 45 meters
PART CONCRETE, PART ASPHALT, OR PART BITUMEN-BOUND MACADAM. 109FAWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN BBL KLEINE BROGEL 033X - At Field -
NDB ONT KLEINE BROGEL - 431 4.3 NM 231.3


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel JP-4, Wide cut turbine fuel MIL Spec T-5624
Oil O-148, MIL L 7808 (Synthetic Base), Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine

O-156, MIL L 23699 (Synthetic Base)Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine

SOAP Spectrometric Oil Analysis Program
Other Fluids SP, Single Point Refueling

PRESAIR, Air Compressors rated 3,000PSI or more

LHOX, Low and high pressure oxygen servicing

LOX, Liquid oxygen servicing

OX, Indicates oxygen servicing when type of servicing is unknown
JASU DSA 300
28v DC 35 amp 115/200v 30kva 400hz 3 phase 4 wire


Remarks
CAUTION Not all twy avbl for use by transport and/or strategic transport acft. Adhere strictly to taxi instr.
FLUID De-Ice PRESAIR LHOX LOX
FUEL J8, 100LL
JASU 1(A1) 1( DSA300)
LGT ABn coded BL. PAPI Rwy 05 GS 2.5 , PAPI Rwy 23 GS 2.75 . SFL Rwy 05L/23R unrel.
NS ABTMT Ltd to one lo apch fr a practice GCA or TACAN apch. A go-around followed by a close in pat rstd to a missed apch with lo fuel.
OIL 0-148-156-160,SOAP
OPR HOURS Opr 0730-1630Z++ Mon-Fri; clsd Sat, Sun and hol.
RSTD Acft larger than C-130 rqr 3 working days PPR; 6 working days PPR for acft over load classification nr (LCN) 45, state LCN on req. Practice apch proh.
RWY Rpt LDA for Rwy 05L is 7979', rpt LDA for Rwy 23R is 7959.



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