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Belarusian Air Force
BelarusSu-25K.jpg
Belarusian Su-25
Active since 1991
Country  Belarus
Insignia
Roundel URSS-Russian aviation red star.svg
Aircraft flown
Attack Su-25, Mi-24
Bomber Su-24
Fighter MiG-23, MiG-29, Su-27
Trainer L-39
Transport An-12, An-24, An-26, Il-76, Mi-8, Tu-134

The Belarusian Air Force is the air force of the Armed Forces of Belarus, formed in 1942 from the 26th Air Army of the Soviet Air Forces which had been serving in the Belorussian SSR.

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Organization

In accordance with an edict of the President of Belarus in 2001, the Air Force, and Air Defense troops were created as one of the arms of the Armed Forces of Belarus. The VVS and Air Defense forces are intended to protect population centres such as cities and regions, as well as the administrative, industrial, economic interests of the Republic. They are also intended to defend troops from the impacts of enemy air attacks, and also against the attacks of hostile troops, as well as fire support and the guarantee of combat operations of ground forces.

In peacetime, VVS and Air Defense forces are on standby to protect the state boundary in the air and also control of Belarussian airspace.

The Air Force and Air Defense of the Armed Forces of Belarus are organized into six major flying regiments, including two interceptor, three strike, and a reconnaissance regiments. The air force consists of more than 22,000 personnel, though this number is being reduced. Major bases include Balbasovo, Bobr, Luninets, Maladzyechna, Pribytki, Smarhon, and Vitebsk. The Air Force is responsible for all military aviation, as the Army maintains no aircraft of its own.

The Belarusian Air Force maintains close links with the Russian Air Force.

Prior History

On 5 May 1942 on the basis of the Air Forces of the Western Front the 1st Air Army was created.[1] By General Staff order of 10 January 1949 the Army became the 26th Air Army (ГШ ВС СССР № ОРГ 120026). In 1980, the 26th Air Army was redesignated the Air Forces of the Belorussian Military District (ГШ ВС СССР 1980 года № 314/1/00170). On 1 May 1988, in accordance with the Ministry of Defence of the USSR's Decree № 0018, the Air Forces of the District were again renamed the 26th Air Army. On 15 June 1992, by decree № 05 of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus, the 26th Air Army headquarters became the command of the Air Forces of the Republic of Belarus.

Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service[2] Notes
Fighter Aircraft
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum  Soviet Union fighter MiG-29 40 At least 5 MiG-29S have been upgraded to MiG-29BM
Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker  Soviet Union fighter Su-27
SU-27UB
14
2

At least 2 Su-27UB have been upgraded to Su-27UBM1

One Belarussian Su-27UBM crashed in an accident during 2009 Radom Air Show in Radom (Poland) on the 30th of August 2009.[3]

Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer  Soviet Union strike Total
Su-24K
Su-24MR
35
23
12
Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot  Soviet Union close air support Su-25
Su-25UB
70
6
Transport and Liaison Aircraft
Antonov An-12 Cub  Soviet Union transport An-12BP 6
Antonov An-24 Coke  Ukraine transport An-24 1
Antonov An-26 Curl  Soviet Union
 Ukraine
transport An-26RT 6
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid  Soviet Union transport Il-76MD 4
Tupolev Tu-134 Crusty  Soviet Union VIP transport Tu-134A 1
Trainer Aircraft
Aero L-39 Albatros  Czechoslovakia trainer L-39C 6
Attack Helicopters
Mil Mi-24 Hind  Soviet Union attack Mi-24C
Mi-24D
Mi-24E
Mi-24F
5
24
14
12
Transport and Utility Helicopters
Mil Mi-8 Hip  Soviet Union transport/attack Mi-8 129 At least 2 Mi-8MT have been upgraded to Mi-8MTKO
Mi-6  Soviet Union transport Mi-6 15
Mi-26  Soviet Union transport Mi-26 14

References

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