Rail Rzayev

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Rail Rzayev
Commander of Azerbaijani Air and Air Defense Forces
In office
1993 – February 11, 2009
President Heydar Aliyev, Ilham Aliyev
Preceded by office established
Succeeded by Altay Mehdiyev
Personal details
Born (1945-03-10)March 10, 1945
Salyan, Azerbaijan
Died February 11, 2009(2009-02-11) (aged 63)
Baku, Azerbaijan
Religion Islam
Military service
Service/branch Azerbaijan Air Force roundel.svg Azerbaijani Air Force
Years of service 43
Rank Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General Rail Rzayev Gurban oglu (Azerbaijani: Rail Rzayev Qurban oğlu; March 10, 1945[1] – February 11, 2009) was the Commander of the Azerbaijani Air Force from shortly after Azerbaijan's independence in the early 1990s, to his death in 2009.

Early life[edit]

Rzayev was born on March 10, 1945 in Salyan, Azerbaijan. After completing his secondary education in Sumgayit in 1962, he was enrolled in the Aircraft Electronics and Communication Systems(FRELA) school of USSR Aviation Academy named after Orzhenikidze. After graduating from the academy in 1966, he was directed to serve at Baku Airforce District. In Baku, he worked as the Senior Technician and then served as the Deputy Commander of a Division. In 1975, he entered the Zhukov Command Academy of Air Defense Forces. Upon graduation he was appointed a Division Commander and from 1980 through 1992, he held several high-ranking positions at various military units of the Soviet Airforce.[2]

Azerbaijani Army[edit]

In 1992, Rail Rzayev started his career in Azerbaijani Armed Forces. He was appointed the Chief of Department of Azerbaijani Air and Air Defense Forces. According to the Presidential Decree from 1993, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan Republic and Commander of Azerbaijani Air and Air Defense Forces, a position which he held until his death in 2009.[2]

Ranks and awards[edit]

In 1994, Rzayev was promoted to General Major, in 2002 he was given the rank of Lieutenant General. He's credited for his outstanding work in establishing and modernizing the Azerbaiani Airforce. He was awarded with Azerbaijani Flag Order and Veten Ughrunda Medal (In the Name of Motherland) for service to his country.[2][3]

Death[edit]

He was shot and killed outside his Baku home on February 11, 2009.[4]

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