Russian Air Force

The Russian Air Force (Russian: Военно-воздушные силы России, tr. Voyenno-vozdushnye sily Rossii, VVS) is a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, the latter being formed on 1 August 2015 with the merging of the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces.[6] The modern Russian Air Force was originally established on 7 May 1992 following Boris Yeltsin's creation of the Ministry of Defence. However, the Russian Federation's air force can trace its lineage and traditions back to the Imperial Russian Air Service (1912–1917) and the Soviet Air Forces (1918–1991).

Russian Air Force
Военно-воздушные силы России
Voyenno-vozdushnye sily Rossii
Emblem of the Russian Air Force
1992 (current form)
Country Russia
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size190,000 personnel (2021)
est. 4,509 aircraft (2021)[2]
Part ofRussian Aerospace Forces
MarchRussian: Авиамарш
"Air March" [3][4][5]
Anniversaries12 August
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Defence Forces President Vladimir Putin
Commander of the Aerospace Forces General Sergei Surovikin
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force Lieutenant general Sergey Dronov
Roundel (1992–2010)
Middle emblem
Aircraft flown
AttackSu-25SM, Su-24M, Su-34
BomberMiG-31K, Tu-22M3, Tu-95, Tu-160
A-50/A-50U, Il-22PP, Il-80
FighterMiG-29, MiG-35, Su-27, Su-30, Su-35, Su-57
HelicopterKa-60, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-26
Attack helicopterMi-24/Mi-35M, Mi-28N, Ka-50, Ka-52
TrainerAero L-39 Albatros, Yak-130
TransportIl-62, Il-76, Il-86, Il-112, An-26, An-124, An-140, An-148, An-22

The Russian Navy has its own independent air arm, the Russian Naval Aviation, which is the former Soviet Aviatsiya Voyenno-morskogo Flota (lit. "Aviation of the military-sea fleet"), or AVMF.

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