Manas Air Base? Kyrgyzstan?
Obscure but more important than most Americans realize. Afghanistan doesn’t have much aviation infrastructure. Stuff like long, concrete runways thick enough to withstand heavies hitting them at 162 knots, ramp space, hangars, fuel. We need a place where the big airplanes from the States and Germany can come in, unload, refuel and leave, and the smaller intratheater airlifters can load up those pallets and carry them down to the war zone. Not enough ramp space down there to base much. Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan served this function well until they kicked us out in 2005.
If we let the Russians out-bribe us with the Kyrgyz, where are we going to base our KC-135’s? Can’t keep Close Air Support up without aerial refueling. Diego Garcia, Al Udeid and Ali Al Salem are far away. Troops In Contact won’t have those assets like they used to. Will GMLRS be able to take up that slack? The rockets have to be flown in, too. Does the U. S. Artillery in Afghanistan have GMLRS?
Afghanistan Supply Base May Defect to Russia . If you watch the video, notice all the anti-submarine warfare aircraft parked at Manas.