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Nevatim Israeli Air Force Base
IATA: VTM – ICAO: LLNV
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Israeli Air Force
Location Be'er Sheva
Elevation AMSL 1,312 ft / 400 m
Coordinates 31°12′30.05″N 35°00′44.28″E / 31.2083472°N 35.0123°E / 31.2083472; 35.0123Coordinates: 31°12′30.05″N 35°00′44.28″E / 31.2083472°N 35.0123°E / 31.2083472; 35.0123
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08L/26R 10,007 3,350 Asphalt
08C/26C 8,530 2,600 Asphalt
08R/26L 12,795 3,900 Asphalt

Nevatim Israeli Air Force Base (IATA: VTM, ICAO: LLNV), also Air Force Base 28, is an Israeli Air Force base located southeast of Be'er Sheva, near moshav Nevatim. It was built as a rough runway in 1947 for the Sherut Avir, the air wing of the Haganah, and was named Malhata. It was reopened in 1983 as a new modern airbase with 2 runways as the result of joint Israeli and US government funding as part of the IAF's redeployment out of its bases in the Sinai after it was returned to Egypt following the Camp David Accords. Since 2003 the base has gradually received more squadrons of F-16s. A third runway was built in the mid-2000s decade as part of a project to accommodate the transfer of military activities previously taking place at Ben Gurion International Airport (Air Force Base 27) to Nevatim.

Israel's fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35I's will be based in Nevatim starting in 2015.[citation needed]

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