Lask military air base among top in Europe - minister

The official opening of the modernised Lask airfield is planned on September 21. Roman Zawistowski/PAP

The recently modernised military air base in Lask, central Poland, belongs to the most advanced objects of its kind in Europe and is equipped to receive even the heaviest aircraft, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday during a visit to the Lask air base.

Blaszczak said Poland's F-16 fleet was returning to Lask following the airfield's modernisation, and assured that the Polish air force was prepared to defend Polish territory and support Poland's allies.

After a 2-year modernisation programme, the Lask airfield now has a 3-kilometre runway enabling it to receive large aircraft. Blaszczak said that after modernisation the object was among the most advanced of its kind in Europe. He added that the upgrades on the airfield were a joint Polish-US undertaking under a declaration on defence cooperation sealed on June 12 between US and Polish presidents Donald Trump and Andrzej Duda.

The official opening of the modernised Lask airfield is planned on September 21.