Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Air Force of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zračne snage
Bosne i Hercegovine
Coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg
Coat of arms of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Founded 1 December 2006
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Branch Air force
Type Aerial warfare
Role Defending Bosnian airspace
Size 700 airmen
300+ civilian personnel
1,100 guard personnel
Part of Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Command HQ Sarajevo
Motto(s) Perspektiva - Perspective
Colors Ultramarine Blue and Golden Yellow         
Anniversaries December 1.
Insignia
Fin flash Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg
Aircraft flown
Trainer UTVA 75
Transport UH-1H, Gazelle , Mi-8/-17

The Air Force of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian: Zračne snage Bosne i Hercegovine, Croatian: Zračne snage Bosne i Hercegovine, Serbian: Vazdušne snage Bosne i Hercegovine) is part of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The headquarters is in Sarajevo. It maintains operating bases at Sarajevo International Airport, Banja Luka International Airport and Tuzla International Airport.

History[edit]

The Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence Brigade of Bosnia and Herzegovina was formed when elements of the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska Air Force were merged in 2006.[1]

Structure[edit]

A Bosnian Army UTVA-75 light utility aircraft displayed as an artifact at Ćoralići Airfield in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Main aircraft of ARBiH were the Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters. Here is an Mi-8T displayed to SFOR personnel during an inspection at Ćoralići Airfield.
  • Air Force and Air Defense Brigade, at Sarajevo Air Base and Banja Luka Air Base
    • 1st Helicopter Squadron, at Sarajevo Air Base
    • 2nd Helicopter Squadron, at Banja Luka Air Base
    • 3rd Helicopter Squadron, at Tuzla Air Base
    • 1st Air Defence Battalion, at Sarajevo Air Base
    • 2nd Air Defence Battalion, at Banja Luka Air Base
    • 3rd Air Defence Battalion, at Tuzla Air Base
    • Early Warning and Surveillance Battalion, at Sarajevo Air Base and Banja Luka Air Base
    • Flight Support Battalion, with detachments at the three air bases

Airbases[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Helicopters
Mil Mi-8 Russia utility / transport Mi-8/17 6[2]
Bell UH-1 United States utility UH-1H 5[2]
Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma France transport / attack 12 on order[3]
Aérospatiale Gazelle France utility SA341/42 9[2]

Retired[edit]

Previous notable aircraft operated by the Air Force consisted of the UTVA 75, CASA C-212 Aviocar, Mil Mi-34, Mil Mi-24, Soko J-22 Orao, Soko G-2 Galeb and the Bell 206 helicopter.[4]

Air Defense[edit]

Name Origin Type In service Notes
SAM
9K34 Strela-3[5] Soviet Union MANPADS
FIM-92 Stinger[6] United States MANPADS
9K38 Igla[7] Soviet Union MANPADS
2K12 Kub Soviet Union mobile SAM system 20[8]
9K31 Strela-1[9] Soviet Union mobile SAM system 34+
SA-13[10] Soviet Union mobile SAM system
Bofors 40 mm gun[11] Sweden Anti-aircraft gun 47[12]
M53/59 Praga Czechoslovakia mobile SAM system 96[12]
ZU-23-2 Soviet Union Anti-aircraft gun 30[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dougherty, Kevin (11 January 2006). "Bosnia breaks through ethnic divide by merging Serb, Muslim-Croat forces". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Hoyle, Craig (1 December 2017). "World Air Forces 2018". Flightglobal Insight. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Održana 37. sjednica Vijeća ministara Bosne i Hercegovine". www.vijeceministara.gov.ba. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "World Air Forces 2004". flightglobal.com. September 2004. p. 46. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground armed defense forces military equipment armored vehicle UK | Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground forces UK | East Europe UK". www.armyrecognition.com. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Detailing the development and operational history of the General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable, Air Defense Missile System". 26 February 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground armed defense forces military equipment armored vehicle UK | Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground forces UK | East Europe UK". www.armyrecognition.com. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  8. ^ IISS 2012 Military Balance, pp. 97.
  9. ^ "SA-9 Gaskin 9K31 Strela-1 ground to air missile system technical data sheet specifications | Russia Russian missile system vehicle UK | Russia Russian army military equipment vehicles UK". www.armyrecognition.com. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground armed defense forces military equipment armored vehicle UK | Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground forces UK | East Europe UK". www.armyrecognition.com. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  11. ^ A. Šarenkapa (12 January 2016). "Haubice, transporteri, raketni bacači i snajperi: Oružane snage BiH predstavile vojnu opremu (FOTO)". Faktor.ba. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  12. ^ a b c Administrator. "Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground armed defense forces military equipment armored vehicle UK | Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground forces UK | East Europe UK". www.armyrecognition.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 

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