|Vybor Air Base|
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Note: this page covers the Standalone version of DayZ; for information on the Mod, see Mod: International Airfield.
Vybor Air Base, also known as the International Airfield or, more commonly, the Northwest Airfield (NWAF), is a large military air base in South Zagoria. It is a common area for survivors to acquire military and other high-end gear, and as a result has garnered a somewhat legendary reputation as one of the most dangerous areas on the map.
Vybor Air Base is, as its name suggests, a military air base consisting of an approx. 1.4km long runway, a parallel taxiway, and several military installations along its length. With its impressive footprint on the landscape, it is easily the largest facility of its kind and the largest single location of any kind on the map. The airbase is enclosed by the towns of Vybor, Lopatino, Vavilovo, Topolniki, Novaya Petrovka, Grishino and Kabanino, indirectly causing said towns to experience similar banditry and high player traffic.
Due to its popularity among players, Bandits are often a rampant threat with the ability to position themselves atop the tall military structures after arming themselves with sniper rifles. Therefore, caution should be exercised when approaching any of the buildings within the facility, and the surrounding perimeter wall. It is advisable to organize a group of survivors who can assist with cover and reconnaissance instead of approaching on one's own.
During the Second World War, the airbase was considerably smaller and was used for training Red Army paratroopers. In the years after the war, the airbase gradually expanded its facilities to become the major airbase it is today. After the collapse of the USSR, the newly formed Republic of Chernarus, the successor to the Chernarussian Autonomic Republic, inherited all former Soviet military installations within its borders, including Vybor Air Base. These bases would have been operated by the equally new Chernarussian Defence Force.
Places of Interest
Vybor Air Base's perimeter walls encompass more than just the airstrip. Within the base are numerous barracks, hangars, industrial buildings, ATC facilities, and other unique buildings that populate the site.
Bashnya hosts a military installation of moderate size that appears to serve the airfield to the south through its radar tower. The base is spread out across the hilltop, with seven military barracks, a military prison, military tents, and some garages. It is similar to the military base near Kamensk in building variety. Due to its proximity to the northernmost cities, and to the airfield itself, it sees high Survivor foot traffic.
North of the crashed C130J cargo plane, at the top end of the airstrip is a modestly-sized military camp. As with the camp at Myshkino, this area is ripe with loot. Nearly every tent here will spawn loot at any given time and there are quite a few tents. Most travelers who loot the airfield will loot this camp and vice versa. It is surrounded by flat land and therefore creates a target for snipers and scouting enemies.
The south barracks encompass a large compound to the southwest of the runway. Similar to that of a small town, this compound contains many double-story barracks, houses, and a HQ building. It has a grid-like structure with a large boulevard splitting it down the center. Its apparent pre-Outbreak use is for accommodating CDF troops stationed at the base.
Eastern hangars and ATC tower
Along the east of the airbase are several utility areas for the maintenance of aircraft as well as the ATC facilities and some barracks scattered around them. This is also where the bulk of the aircraft shelters are found, entrenched under grass mounds.
Training area and construction site
To the south-east, there are a few military tents and barracks to accompany a forested training site complete with an obstacle course, firing ranges and a kill house. It is clear that further expansion was planned by the presence of a construction site and crane.
Coal plant and storage area
A large coal plant can be found in the northeast area of the base; it is not known why something of this nature would be at the base, but none the less it offers a great - if vulnerable - vantage point. To the east of the plant is a yard, seemingly used for storage. There are two underground entranceways situated here, although they remain locked to prospecting survivors.
The western area of the airbase hosts some scattered RADAR installations, various yards, and scattered buildings. To the northern end lies a huge vehicle graveyard.
- It is possible that the original layout of the airstrip was based upon the Hradčany Air Base, an airfield near the municipality of Povry, where Chernarus was conceptualized.
- Vybor Air Base was completely re-imagined and expanded upon in the 0.63 update, with added buildings and locations to expand upon the original linear layout.
- Before 0.63, the military installation atop Bashnya consisted of no more than a military prison and a water pump. It was remodeled along with the airfield in 0.63.