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Ukrainian Ministry of Defense plans to disband the NITKA aviation training range located in Crimea
Russian Aviaton » Wednesday February 5, 2014 14:32 MSK

Ukrainian Ministry of Defense plans to disband the NITKA aviation training range located in Crimea, RBC reports with reference to the ministry.
"In case no other country will show interest in using NITKA aviation training range prior to July 2014 it is going to be disbanded ", - said in the statement.

Earlier the training range was being used by Russia for training of pilots of carrier-based aircraft. However, the Russian party reported on September 4th 2013 that it will stop using the training range in 2014.

In this regard a draft law “About termination of the agreement between Ukrainian and Russian government on using NITKA training ground” was elaborated by Ukraine.

"At present the draft law is being considered by the central agencies of the executive branch", - the Ministry of Defense noted.

NITKA (stands for ground aviation training facility) is used for training of pilots of carrier-based aircraft. The only training facility of the type established in USSR is located at Novofedorovka airfield (close to Saki, Crimea). After the collapse of the USSR it was owned by Ukraine. The intergovernmental agreement for using the training range was signed in February 1997.

The Ministry of Defense was not using the training ground because it has no heavy aircraft carriers. At that Ukraine has been considering the possibility of offering the use of NITKA to China and India.

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