Montenegrin Air Force

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Montenegrin Air Force
Montenegrin Air Force coat of arms.png
Air Force Coat of Arms
Founded 2006[1]
Country Montenegro
Branch Air Force and Air Defense
Role Defending Montenegrin Air Space
Size 15 aircraft [1]
Command HQ Podgorica
Commanders
Colonel Živko Pejović
Insignia
Roundel Roundel of the Montenegran Air Force.svg
Fin Flag of Montenegro.svg
Aircraft flown
Helicopter Soko Gazelle Gama
Patrol Soko Gazelle Gama
Trainer Utva 75

The Montenegrin Air Force (Montenegrin: Vazduhoplovstvo i protivvazdušna odbrana - V i PVO) is the air arm of the Military of Montenegro. The aircraft marking of the Montenegrin Air Force consist of a red-on-gold roundel, currently being the sole air arm using the latter colour in its official insignia.

Aircraft inventory[edit]

Following the dissolution of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, the newly formed Republic of Montenegro was left with a considerable number of aircraft at the Golubovci airbase, more than required for its own needs.[1] After the break-up, speculation regarding the division of the aircraft arose, but the Serbian Ministry of Defense issued a statement declaring that the eventual division of the fleet is not in either country's interest. However, a total of 11 G-4 Super Galebs, of which 8 are airworthy, were still located at the base in 2008. An official decision regarding their fate has not been made, but most likely they will not be operated by Montenegro due to expensive operating costs.[1] The four Utva 75 trainer aircraft have a bigger chance to become operational, although no decision about them has been made yet.[1]

Aircraft Photo Origin Type   Variants   Service entry Number Notes
Trainer Aircraft
Soko G-4 Super Galeb SOKO G-4 Super Galeb.jpg  Yugoslavia Armed Advanced Jet Trainer G-4 / N-62 June 2014 7 No operational
Utva 75 Montenegrian air force Utva 75 at golubovci airbase.JPG  Yugoslavia Two-seat basic training aircraft. Utva 75 / V-53 June 2006 3 One crashed to Lake Skadar in 2008.
Learjet 45 T-25@AEP 05NOV09 (7096816625).jpg  United States Utility transport Learjet 45 VIP Transport 1 Government aircraft
Aerial firefighting
Air Tractor AT-802 2 Montenegrian air force AT-802A Fire Boss.jpg  United States firefighting, coastal patrol airplane AT-802A 4.6.2009 2 Government aircraft
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader PZL-M18B Dromader PICT20005.jpg  Poland firefighting PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader unknown 2 Government aircraft
Transport and Utility Helicopters
Soko Gazelle Gama Montenegro air force[2]  France /  Yugoslavia Light Utility helicopter OH-42/45HN-42M June 2006 7 Currently 6 operational.
Mil Mi-8 Montenegrian airforce mi 8.jpg  Soviet Union Transport helicopter Mi-8T/HT-40 June 2006 1 No operational
Montenegrin aircraft at Golubovci airbase

Operational structure[edit]

  • Helicopter squadron - HQ Golubovci[3]
    • 1st Helicopter Flight - operating Gazelle
    • 2nd Helicopter Flight - Gazelle
    • 3rd Helicopter Flight - Gazelle

Each of the three helicopter flights has its specific task consisting of close air support, transport and utility duties. The squadron also operates one Mi-8T transport helicopters, but it is currently grounded awaiting funds for an overhaul.[3]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Force Report: Montenegrin Air Force, Air Forces Monthly magazine, December 2008 issue, p. 38
  2. ^ "World Air Forces 2013". Flightglobal Insight. 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Force Report: Montenegrin Air Force, Air Forces Monthly magazine, December 2008 issue, p. 39.