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New RAF Akrotiri runway completed

The British Ministry of Defence has announced that the £46 million redevelopment and modernisation project of the Akrotiri runway are set to see to the RAF’s needs for the next twenty years.

The 21-month project that was completed last week included 55,000 cubic metres of earthworks and 44,000 cubic metres of concrete.

UK Defence Minister Mike Penning pointed out that the works had gone on without hindering RAF operations against Islamic State.

Since operations against Islamic State started in 2014, over 1,200 sorties have taken off from RAF Akrotiri.

“The tired and haggard runway has been transformed into a modern and safe military installation of the 21st century with the possibility to satisfy operational needs for the next 20 years,” said Penning.

With the construction of a £90 million high-tech digital communications centre in Cyprus, The British bases in Cyprus will in 2019 be the largest permanent British military installation abroad.

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