Baku Air Defence Army

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Baku Air Defence Army
Бакинская армия ПВО
Active 1942-1945
Country Soviet Union
Type Army
Role Anti-aircraft warfare
Part of Transcaucasian Air Defence Zone, Transcaucasian Air Defence Front (from April, 1944)
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Maj Gen Pyotr Beskrovnov, Lt. Gen. Nikolai Markov

The Baku Air Defence Army (Russian: Бакинская армия ПВО) was formed on the Eastern Front of World War II, following the decree of the USSR State Defense Committee of April 5, 1942. Previously known as the Baku Air Defence Corps, its main objective became sheltering the Baku oil fields from German raids. The Wehrmacht had been planning the capture of the oil field under the codename Operation Edelweiss. During the intense German air reconnaissance in May-October, 1942 the Army included the 8th Air Defence Fighter Corps, seven anti-aircraft regiments, one anti-aircraft machine-gun regiment, a searchlight regiment, a barrage balloon regiment and some other units.[1] During its actions, the Army downed eight aircraft.[2]

Successor Soviet air defence formations in the Transcaucasus region included the Baku Air Defense District of the Soviet Air Defence Forces (PVO), which was founded in 1945 on the basis of the Baku Air Defense Army. In 1948 the District was transformed into a zone/area. From 1954 it was redesignated a District again, until it was abolished on 5 January 1980. It was intended to cover from air attack in Baku and Absheron peninsula oil districts.[3]

Commanders Baku Air Defense District from 1954-1956 included Colonel-General Konstantin Vershinin, 1956-1959 - Colonel-General V. D. Ivanov, 1959-1966 - Colonel-General A. F. Shcheglov, 1966-1973 - Colonel-General F. A. Olifirov, 1973-1980 - Colonel-General A. W. Konstantinov.

After the abolition of the Baku District, the main PVO formation in the Trancaucasus became the 19th Army of PVO headquartered in Tblisi. 19th PVO Army consisted a number of different units and formations. There were two Corps of Air Defence Forces (14, later renamed 96th Air Defence Division, and 51, activated March 1960 as 12th Air Defence Corps) two divisions of air defence forces (97th and 10th).[4] Smaller units included three SAM brigades, a separate SA-2 regiment near Gudauta, Abkhazia, a separate SA-5 regiment near Tblisi, at least two radar units,[5] and a number of fighter aviation regiments (see List of Soviet Air Force bases).

1988 partial order of battle[edit]

In 1988, 10th Air Defence Division consisted of:[6]

  • Headquarters, Volgograd
  • 393rd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO (Privolzhskiy, Astrakhan Oblast), 38 МиГ-23 - renamed 209th Fighter Aviation Regiment, with Su-27, MiG-23 in October 1992.[7]
  • 54th Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast)
  • 631st Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (Novolesnyy [Astrakhan], Astrakhan Oblast)
  • 466th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (Kamyshin, Volgograd Oblast)
  • 815th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (Groznyy, Checheno-Imgushskaya ASSR)
  • 93rd Radio-Technical Regiment (Astrakhan, Astrakhan Oblast)

In 1988, 12th Air Defence Corps consisted of:[8]

  • Headquarters, Rostov-on-Don
  • 83rd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO (Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast) 40 МiG-25 (потом МиГ-31)
  • 562nd Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO (Krymsk, Krasnodar Kray), 35 Su-27
  • 80th Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (Novorossiysk, Krasnodar Kray)
  • 93rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (Rostov-na-Don, Rostov Oblast)
  • 879th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (Tuapse, Krasnodar Kray)
  • 1244th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (Volgodonsk, Rostov Oblast)
  • 7th Radio-Technical Brigade (Rostov-na-Don, Rostov Oblast)
  • 77th Radio-Technical Regiment (Ordzhonikidze, Krasnodat Kray)

In December 1988, 96th Air Defence Division consisted of:[9]

  • 166th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO (Marneuli (Sandar), в районе Тбилиси, Georgian SSR) 40 Су-15ТМ (12 кПВО)
  • 529th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO (Gudauta, Abkhazskaya ASSR), 34 Su-27
  • 144th Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (Tbilisi, Georgian SSR)
  • 266th Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (Poti, Georgian SSR)
  • 643rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (Gudauta, Abkhazskaya ASSR)
  • 383rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (Echmiadzin, Armenian SSR)
  • 78th Radio-Technical Brigade (Batumi, Georgian SSR)
  • 79th Radio-Technical Brigade (Marneuli, Georgian SSR)

In December 1988, 97th Air Defence Division consisted of:[10]

  • Headquarters, Alyaty, Baku
  • 82nd Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO (иап), Nasosnaya (air base), Baku, 38 МиГ-25
  • 128th Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (Eirya, Azerbaizhan SSR)
  • 129th Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade (Sangachaly, Azerbaizhan SSR)
  • 190th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (Mingechaur, Azerbaizhan SSR)
  • 2nd Radio-Technical Brigade (Alyaty (Baku), Azerbaizhan SSR)

There is conflicting information on fighter regiments assigned to the army. Other fighter regiments possibly assigned to the army in the late 1980s may have included:[4]

In 1992 the 10th Air Defence Division and the 14th Air Defence Corps were disbanded.

19th PVO Army was disbanded 1 April 1993, with some equipment handed over to Georgian Ministry of Defence,[11] but most equipment being withdrawn to be disposed of in Russia. Some of the fighter regiments were withdrawn to Russia and disbanded, and many remaining units became part of the 4th Air Army. Georgia was able to seize at least one battalion of S-75 SAMs, two divizions (batteries(?)) of P-125Ms, as well as several P-18 (Spoon Rest) radars.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (Russian) "Бакинская армия ПВО". Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  2. ^ (Russian) "Действующая армия... не знала трудностей с нефтепродуктами". Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  3. ^ http://aviabaza-meria.ucoz.ru/forum/100-59-1., and the District is referred to in Viktor Suvorov, Inside the Soviet Army, Hamish Hamilton, 1980
  4. ^ a b http://www8.brinkster.com/vad777/sssr-89-91/pvo/19-kavkaz.htm, accessed June 2010
  5. ^ a b Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies via PVO.ru
  6. ^ Michael Holm, 10th Air Defence Division, accessed March 2012
  7. ^ Michael Holm, 393rd Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO, accessed March 2012
  8. ^ Michael Holm, 12th Air Defence Corps, accessed March 2012
  9. ^ Michael Holm, 14th Air Defence Corps, accessed March 2012
  10. ^ Michael Holm, 15th Air Defence Corps, accessed March 2012
  11. ^ Richard Woff, 'The Armed Forces of Georgia', Jane's Intelligence Review, July 1993, p.309

Further reading[edit]

  • Bakinskii okrug protivovozdushnoi oborony: Istoricheskii ocherk 1920-. 1974 gg. [Baku Anti-air Defense District: An historical outline 1920-1974], Baku, 1974