The U.S. Pentagon is planning to invest a total of $ 130.5 million in 2021 to modernize the Romanian military base in Câmpia Turzii (Cluj County) and turn it into a hub for NATO allied forces in the Black Sea, as provided for in a draft budget submitted to the US Congress, according to the Stars and Stripes military newspaper.
The official document sent to Congress is titled The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, and is being debated the relevant committees. According to the Act, the $ 130.5 million investment in Câmpia Turzii constitutes the largest military construction project abroad of the European Deterrence Initiative, launched by the Pentagon in June 2014, shortly after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
The US Air Force has called for a radical overhaul of the base, which is already being used by US pilots. Until recently, most operations took place at the Mihail Kogalniceanu (Constanța) air base. However, last year, the Pentagon sent the Câmpia Turzii drone MQ-9 Reaper from Poland, so that it can be closer to the Black Sea, according to Stars and Stripes. /ibna