Russian Aerospace Forces

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Russian Aerospace Forces
Воздушно-космические силы
Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily
Russian aerospace forces emblem.svg
Emblem of Russian Aerospace Forces
Active 1 August 2015–present
Country  Russia
Role Aerospace Defence
Size 430,000 personnel (2016)[1]
Part of Russian Armed Forces
Headquarters Moscow
Engagements Intervention in the Syrian Civil War
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel General Sergei Surovikin
Notable
commanders
Viktor Bondarev
Insignia
Flag Flag of Russian Aerospace Forces.svg

The Russian Aerospace Forces[2] 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 (VKO) under the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence. It is headquartered in Moscow.[3] Several reasons were announced for the merger, including greater efficiency and logistical support.[4]

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:[5]

Leadership[edit]

Commander of the Aerospace Forces:

First Deputy Commander of the Aerospace Forces:

  • Lieutenant General Pavel Kurachenko (1 September 2015 – )[5], 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 – ), Commander of the Aerospace and Missile Defense Forces
  • Colonel General Aleksandr Golovko (1 September 2015 – )[5], Commander of the Space Forces
  • Major General Andrei Kazakevich (unknown start date), Deputy Commander for Work with Personnel
  • Lieutenant General Vladimir Trishunkin (unknown start date), Deputy Commander for Material and Technical Support
  • Colonel Andrei Medvedkov (unknown start date), Deputy Commander for Armaments

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