Russian Aerospace Forces

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Russian Aerospace Forces
Воздушно-космические силы
Vozdushno-kosmicheskiye sily
Great emblem of the Russian Air-Cosmic Forces.svg
Emblem of Russian Aerospace Forces
Founded1 August 2015 (2015-08-01)
Country Russia
TypeAir and space force
RoleAir and space warfare
Size490,000 personnel (2019)[1]
Part ofRussian Armed Forces
HeadquartersMoscow
PatronSaint Elijah the Prophet [2]
ColorsBlue, Gold         
EngagementsIntervention in the Syrian Civil War
Commanders
Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace ForcesColonel General Sergei Surovikin
Notable
commanders
Viktor Bondarev
Insignia
FlagFlag of Russian Aerospace Forces.svg
RoundelRoundel of Russia.svg

The Russian Aerospace Forces[3] or VKS (Russian: Воздушно-космические силы, tr. Vozdushno-kosmicheskiye sily) are the Aerospace Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. It was established as a new armed force on the 1 August 2015 with the merging of the Russian Air Force (VVS) and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces (VVKO) under the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence. It is headquartered in Moscow.[4] Several reasons were announced for the merger, including greater efficiency and logistical support.[5]

Organisation[edit]

Sub-branches[edit]

According to Jane's Information Group, with the merger of the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, the new Russian Aerospace Forces consist of three sub-branches:[6]

Command Staff
Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces (Главнокомандующий Воздушно-космическими силами)
  • Chief of the Main Aerospace Forces Staff — First Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces (Начальник Главного штаба — первый заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами) Major general
  • Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces (Заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами) Lieutenant general
Colonel general
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces, Chief of the Air Force

(Заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами — командующий Военно-воздушными силами)

Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces, Chief of Air Defence and Missile Air Defence Troops

(Заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами — командующий Войсками противовоздушной и противоракетной обороны)

Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces, Chief of Space Troops

(Заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами — командующий Космическими войсками)

Lieutenant general / Colonel general
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces, Chief of Personnel (Заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами по работе с личным составом) Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces, Chief of Military-Political Work (Заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами по военно-политической работе) Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces, Chief of Supply (Заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами по материально-техническому обеспечению) Deputy Commander-in-Chief Aerospace Forces, Chief of Armaments (Заместитель Главнокомандующего Воздушно-космическими силами по вооружению) Major general

Leadership[edit]

Commander of the Aerospace Forces:

First Deputy Commander of the Aerospace Forces:

  • Lieutenant General Pavel Kurachenko (1 September 2015 – unknown end date)[6], Chief of the General Staff
  • Major General Viktor Afzalov (unknown start date – ), Chief of the General Staff

Deputy Commanders of the Aerospace Forces:

  • Lieutenant General Sergei Dronov (1 September 2015 – )
  • Lieutenant General Andrei Yudin (1 September 2015 – ), Commander of the Air Force
  • Lieutenant General Viktor Gumyonny (1 September 2015 – 2018), Commander of the Aerospace and Missile Defense Forces
  • Lieutenant General Yury Grekhov (2018 – ), Commander of the Aerospace and Missile Defense Forces
  • Colonel General Aleksandr Golovko (1 September 2015 – )[6], Commander of the Space Forces
  • Major General Andrei Kazakevich (unknown start date – ), Deputy Commander for Work with Personnel
  • Major General Aleksandr Maksimtsev (2019 – ), Deputy Commander for Military-Political Forces
  • Lieutenant General Vladimir Trishunkin (unknown start date – unknown end date), Deputy Commander for Material-Technical Support
  • Major General Zabit Kheirbekov (unknown start date – ), Deputy Commander for Material-Technical Support
  • Colonel Andrei Medvedkov (unknown start date – unknown end date), Deputy Commander for Armaments
  • Major General Sergei Meshcheryakov (unknown start date – ), Deputy Commander for Armaments

Order of Battle[edit]

The Aerospace Forces are organised in air armies.

High Command of the Air Forces (Главное командование ВВС) (Moscow)

Air Defence and Anti-Ballistic Missile Defence Forces Command (Командование войск ПВО-ПРО) (Moscow)

Space Forces Command (Командование космических войск) (Krasnoznamensk)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Воздушно-космические силы Российской Федерации. Инфографика". www.aif.ru. Archived from the original on 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  2. ^ Main Cathedral of Russian Armed Forces. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  3. ^ "Russia establishes Aerospace Forces as new armed service — Defense Minister". Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  4. ^ Шойгу объявил о создании нового вида ВС - Воздушно-космических сил Archived 2015-08-05 at the Wayback Machine, ria.ru/defense, 3 August 2015
  5. ^ Russia establishes Aerospace Forces as new armed service — Defense Minister, tass.ru, 3 August 2015
  6. ^ a b c Russia creates new Aerospace Force service branch Archived 2015-12-27 at the Wayback Machine, janes.com, 4 August 2015
  7. ^ "Air and Missile Defence Forces". Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 23 July 2018.

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