4th Air and Air Defence Forces Command
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|4th Air and Air Defence Forces Command|
|Active||1 December 2009 -|
|Branch||Russian Air Forces|
|Size||~ 10–15 air bases|
|Garrison/HQ||Rostov on Don, Southern Military District|
The 4th Air and Air Defence Forces Command is a formation of the Russian Air Force. It was formed on 1 December 2009 from the amalgamation of the 4th Air Army and 5th Air Army. Headquarters is in Rostov, and the Command covers the North Caucasus Military District and the Volga-Urals Military District.
It comprises the 7th Brigade of Missile-Space Defence, in the North Caucasus Military District, and the 8th Military Space Defence Brigade in the Volga-Urals Military District. The 7th Brigade of Missile-Space Defence is based on the former 51st Air Defence Corps.
Combat Aircraft contradicted themselves between their text and a table regarding the 4th A&AD Command in their June 2010 issue. The text followed the above data drawn from warfare.ru, with the table saying that forces in the Volga-Ural Military District would come under the 3rd Air and Air Defence Force Command in the Siberian Military District.
The 7th Brigade of Missile-Space Defence was the former 51st Air Defence Corps. In 2000 it had 7,500 personnel of which 2,500 were air crew. It also had 164 aircraft (59 Su-27, 105 MiG-29). In December 2007 it received upgraded 3D radars.
- 7th Brigade of Missile-Space Defence - Rostov, North Caucasus Military District (NCMD).
- 6969th Airbase (Millerovo, Millerovsky District, Rostov Oblast). Ex 19th and 31st Fighter Aviation Regiments. 2000: 570 pers., 51 MiG-29. 03.2007 lost two Mig-29 during manoeuvres. Pilots ejected and survived. 01.2008 named as best regiment in the 4th Air and Air Defence Forces Command. 2008 commander: Colonel Vyacheslav Kudinov. 2009: cutting staff, combining with 31st Fighter Aviation Regiment? 2009: 36 Mig-29, 6 MiG-29UB.
- 6970th Airbase (Morozovsk, NCMD) ex 559 + 722 + 1st Bomber Regiments. 710 pers., 30 Su-24. 1994-1996 21 ac took part in Second Chechen War. 2008 commander: lt col Sergey Goncharov. 2009: 24 Su-24, 30 Su-24m. 19.06.2009 lost Su-27 during landing due to malfunction of management system, pilots ejected.
- 6971st Airbase Budennovsk, NCMD. Ex 368th and 461st Assault Aviation Regiments. 2000: 610 personnel, 33? Su-25, Su-24MR? 1994-1996 37 Su-25, 7 Su-24MR took part in Chechen war. 2007: 6 Su-25SM planned to be delivered from Lipetsk. 08.2007 comd.staff exercises jointly with NC. 2008 commander: col Evgeny Fegotov. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia.
- 6972nd Airbase (Krymsk, near Krasnodar) NCMD. Ex 3 Fighter + 55 Helicopter Regts. 2000: 710 pers., 30 Su-27. ex- 562 Ftr Regt (2000). 08.2007 comd.staff exercises jointly with NC. 2009: repairs of airfield, aircraft to Zernograd? 2009: 36 Su-27, 6 Su-27UB, 20 Mi-24, 16 Mi-8, 4 Ka-27, 3 Mi-28.
- 6973rd AIRBASE Primorsko-Akhtarsk NC ex 960 + 461 attack rgts. 2000: 620 pers., 31 Su-25, MiG-29? 1994-1996 21 Mig-29 took part in Chechen war.
- 1537 Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment (Novorossyysk, NCMD) 2008 commander: col Vladimir Timofeev. 2009: 2 S-300PM
- 1536 Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment (Rostov, NCMD) Formed 1940. 04.2009 msl launches at Ashuluk. 2009 commander: col Andrei Mineichev. 2009: 3 S-300PM
- 1721st Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment (Sochi, NCMD) Ex 102nd Anti-Aircraft Rocket Brigade. 2000: 680 pers., Buk, 1 RKhM-4. 2009: 2 Buk
- 6970+ AIRBASE (Marinovka, NCMD) Ex 11 separate recce rgt. Su-24MR. 1994-1996 18 ac took part in Chechen war. 2005: probably to be disbanded. 2009: 24 Su-24mr
- 6974 AIRBASE Egorlyk (Rostov) NC ex 325 separate hel rgt. 2000: 656 pers., 26 Mi-8, 4 Mi-6, 10 Mi-26. 2009: 10 Mi-26, 16 Mi-8
- 326 SEPARATE HEL SQDN-? Bataisk NC 246 pers., 6 Mi-8
- 100 RT BDE Astrakhan' NC 2008 commander: col Vladimir Sletin
- 42 SEPARATE COMMS RGT Rostov NC
- 3624 AIRBASE Erebuni, Armenia, 2009: 18 Mig-29
- 32 RT RGT Volgograd NC 2008 commander: col Alexey Zaitsev.
- 7 RT BDE? Rostov NC 2008 commander: col Vladislav Karelin.
- 8 Military Space Defence Brigade - (4 CMD AF&AD) Ekaterinburg VU ex 5A. 2009: disbanding, transferring to VKO.
- 6977 AIRBASE Bolshoye Savino Airport, near Perm VU ex 764 fighter rgt. 2000: 750 pers., 34 Mig-31. 02.2007 comd trainings. 2009: 24 Mig-31. 18.01.2010 Mig-31 emergency landing due to oxygen system damage in flight.
- 30 AIRBASE Koltsovo (Ekaterinburg) VU ex ?128 separate sqdn. 2009: 3 Tu-134, 2 An-12, 8 An-26, 5 Mi-8, 3+1 Su-27?
- 6975 AIRBASE Bobrovka (Samara) VU ex 237 separate hel sqdn. 2009: 16 Mi-8, 12 Mi-24, 6 Mi-26
- ? AIRBASE Troitsk (Chelyabinsk) VU rescue, ex- 320 hel rgt.
- 4215 AIRBASE Uprun VU 2009- 2 An-12, 2 An-24
- 6956 AIRBASE Cheben'ki VU 2009- 12 Mi-8
- 511 AD RGT Engels VU 2009: 2 S-300PS
- 185 AD RGT Ekaterinburg VU 2009: 2 S-300PS
- 568 AD RGT Samara VU 2008 commander: col Yury Kostyankin. 2009: 2 S-300PS
- 44 RT RGT Mirnyy (Samara) VU
- 51 RT RGT Chelyabinsk
- Units directly under command headquarters
- 229th Transport Aviation Base (Rostov-na-Donu) (ex 535th Separate Composite Aviation Regiment? Rostov, NC An-12, Mi-8)
- 999th Airbase (Kant, Kyrgyzstan) 250 pers., 5 Su-25, 2 An-26, 5 L-39, 2 Mi-8, 2 Il-76, An-30. 08.2004 took part in Rubezh-2004 exercises. 11.2005, 05.2006 visited by AF Commander-in-Chief V.Mikhailov. 06.2007 inspected by VVS CINC. 10.2008 anniversary. 2008 commander col Vladimir Nosov. Gorenburg lists 999th aviation base (Kant, Kyrgyzstan) (Su-25, Su-27, Mi-8)
Russian military reform blog:
- 7th Air and Space Defence Brigade (Rostov-na-Donu)
- 8th Air and Space Defence Brigade (Yekaterinburg)
- 6970th Aviation Base (Morozovsk, Rostov Oblast) (Su-34)
- 6971st Aviation Base (Budennovsk, Stavropol Krai) (Su-25SM, Mi-8, Mi-24, Mi-28)
- 6972nd Aviation Base (Krymsk, Krasnodar Krai) (Su-27, Mi-8, Mi-24, Mi-28, Ka-27, Ka-52)
- 6974th Aviation Base (Korenovsk, Krasnodar Krai) (Mi-8, Mi-24, Mi-28)
- 229th Transport Aviation Base (Kant, Kyrgyzstan)
- 999th Aviation Base (Rostov-na-Donu)
Notes and References
- Michael Holm, 368th Assault Aviation Regiment
- Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg, http://russiamil.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/air-force-structure/
- Combat Aircraft, June 2010