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Air Force of Serbia and Montenegro

Air Force of Serbia and Montenegro
Seal of the Serbia and Montenegro Air Force
Active April 27, 1992 - June 3, 2006
Country  Yugoslavia (1992-2003)
 Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2006)
Type Air Force and Air Defense
Size about 16,000 personnel
450 aircraft total
Part of Military of Serbia and Montenegro
Air Force HQ Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Patron Saint Elijah
Colors      Azure
Engagements Operation Allied Force
Insignia
Roundel
Fin
Aircraft flown
Attack J-22, G-4, Mi-24, SA.342 GAMA
Fighter MiG-29, MiG-21Bis
Interceptor MiG-21Bis
Reconnaissance MiG-21M, MiG-21R, IJ-22, INJ-22, SA.341 HERA
Trainer Utva 75, G-4, NJ-22
Transport An-2, An-26, YAK-40, Mi-8

The Air Force of Serbia and Montenegro (Serbian: Ратно Ваздухопловство Србије и Црне Горе, РВСиЦГ; Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo Srbije i Crne Gore, RVSiCG), also named Air Force of Yugoslavia (Serbian: Југословенско Ратно Ваздухопловство, ЈРВ; Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo, JRV) in the 1992-2003 period, was the air force of the former Serbia and Montenegro. It had around 300 fighter aircraft, ground attack aircraft, and other aircraft. The air force, in 1998, had about 16,000 personnel. The air force was disbanded when Montenegro voted to secede from the FRY in 2006. The bulk of it was inherited by the Serbian Air Force.

History

Creation and consolidation

Reorganization

Operation Allied Force

Around 50 Yugoslav aircraft were lost during the Kosovo War when NATO air forces attacked FRY in 1999. Six MiG-29s were destroyed in dogfights against F-15s, F-16s or F-18. Other MiG-29s were destroyed on the ground when NATO attacked Batajnica Airfield.

Heroes of the War

The commander-in-chief of the Air Force said that Air Force and Air Defense had 40 killed and 110 wounded soldiers in combat.

Air Force and Air Defense members fought bravely and used innovative tactics to counter technologically more advanced and numerically superior opponents. AF & AD C-in-C Lieutenant General Spasoje Smiljanić was promoted to the rank of Colonel General and awarded Medal of War Flag - First Degree. Deputy of C-in-C Supreme Command Headquarters for the AF Colonel General Ljubiša Veličković was awarded the Medal of War Flag - First Degree. General Veličković was killed in combat.

Knights in combat

The first Yugoslav planes in the air were the Knights of the 127th LAE (127th Fighter Squadron) with their MiG-29s (they are the only unit operating them). Based on publicly released data one could conclude that three MiGs were scrambled from Batajnica Air Base with Lieutenant Colonel Ljubiša Kulačin, Major Nebojša Nikolić and Major Milorad Milutinović in the cockpits and two (Lieutenant Colonel Dragan Ilić, Major Iljo Arizanov) from Niš Airport. Since Germany had the same type of MiG-29 for a decade, NATO was expected to be successful in jamming radar and communication with GC center. Bearing that in mind and the fact that great numbers of enemy aircraft were in the air backed by four AWACS planes, Yugoslav pilots applied new tactics. They abandoned the usual leader-wingman formations and used fast solo dashes near ground to stay out of sight and then, when close enough to fire their R-73s (AA-11 Archer air-to-air missiles), engage in a vertical climb trying to get a firing solution with their KOLS laser - IR rangefinder/homing system.

The following pilots were awarded Bravery Medals and promoted to higher ranks:

  • Major Nebojsa Nikolić
  • Major Slobodan Perić (killed in car accident 30 May 2010)
  • Major Predrag Milutinović
  • Major Iljo Arizanov
  • Captain, 1st class Zoran Radosavljević, killed in combat

Other pilots that flew combat missions (based on data gathered so far):

  • Colonel General Ljubiša Veličković
  • Colonel Milenko Pavlovic, commander of 204. Fighter Aviation Regiment, killed in combat
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ljubiša Kulačin
  • Lieutenant Colonel Dragan Ilić
  • Major Abdul Emeti
  • Major Bora Zoraja
  • Major Dragan Milenković

List of awarded units

250. Rocket Brigade AD received the Order of the National Hero medal, the highest military medal for their exceptional service during the war.

126. VOJIN Brigade received the Order of the National Hero medal, the highest military medal for their exceptional service during the war.

List of awarded members

  • Lieutenant Colonel Zivota Duric, Bravery Medal and promotion to higher rank. He was killed in combat when he tried to ram enemy aircraft with his badly damaged J-22 Orao.
  • Colonel Kis Bela, Bravery Medal
  • Colonel Ostojic Goran, Bravery Medal
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sreto Malinovic, Medal of Honor
  • Major Vukicevic Srđan, Bravery Medal
  • Major Milenkovic Sava, Bravery Medal
  • Major Nikcevic Rade, Bravery Medal
  • Major Milovanovic Aleksa and Captain, 1st class Jovanovic Srđan got Distinguished Service Medal's for rescuing downed pilot under enemy fire
  • Captain, 1st class Abrt Emilijan, Bravery Medal
  • Captain, 1st class Mrvljevic Nebojsa, Bravery Medal
  • Captain Bulatovic Nenad, Bravery Medal
  • Captain Spasic Nenad, Bravery Medal
  • Senior Sergeant, 1st class Vukovic Dragan, Bravery Medal
  • Sergeant, 1st class Aksic Milos, Bravery Medal
  • Sergeant, 1st class Komazec Zdravko, Bravery Medal
  • Sergeant, 1st class Djurcic Dragan, Bravery Medal

List of FRY destroyed aircraft

Aircraft Serial Place Crew
MiG-29 18103 Batajnica
MiG-29 18104 Niš
MiG-29 18106 near Kruševac Maj.Predrag "Grof" Milutinović, shot down by friendly fire
MiG-29 18107 Batajnica
MiG-29 18109 near Valjevo Col. Milenko Pavlović†, shot down by NATO
MiG-29 18110 Ponikve Maj.Slobodan Tešanović, noncombat flight
MiG-29 18111 near Titel Maj.Nebojša Nikolić, shot down by NATO
MiG-29 18112 near Priština Maj.Iljo Arizanov, shot down by possible friendly fire
MiG-29 18113 near Loznica Capt. 1st Class Zoran Radoslavljević†, shot down by NATO
MiG-29 18114 near Bjeljina Maj.Slobodan Perić, shot down by NATO
MiG-29UB 18302 Batajnica
G-4 Super Galeb 23693 Leteće Zvezde Golubovci
G-4 Super Galeb 23694 Leteće Zvezde Golubovci
G-4 Super Galeb 23695 Leteće Zvezde Golubovci
G-4 Super Galeb 23696 Leteće Zvezde Golubovci
G-4 Super Galeb 23697 Leteće Zvezde Golubovci
G-4 Super Galeb 23698 Leteće Zvezde Golubovci
G-4 Super Galeb 23699 Leteće Zvezde Golubovci
G-4t Super Galeb 23604 Batajnica
G-4t Super Galeb 23606 Batajnica
J-22 Orao 25104 near Paraćin Maj.Života Đurić†
J-22 Orao 25204 Ponikve
J-22 Orao 25205 Ponikve
NJ-22 Orao 25532 Ponikve
NJ-22 Orao 25533 Ponikve
J-22 Orao 25174 Ponikve
J-22 Orao 25168 Ponikve
IJ-22 Orao 25709 Moma center
NJ-22 Orao 25527 Batajnica
J-22 Orao 25164 Batajnica
J-22 Orao 25152 Lađevci
J-22 Orao 25207 Lađevci
MiG-21 Bis 17135
MiG-21 Bis 17220 Batajnica
MiG-21 Bis 17228 Batajnica
MiG-21 Bis 17231 Batajnica
MiG-21 Bis 17401 Batajnica
MiG-21 Bis-K 17208 Batajnica
MiG-21 Bis 17162 Priština
MiG-21 Bis 17169 Priština
MiG-21 Bis 17170 Priština
MiG-21 Bis 17224 Priština
MiG-21 Bis 17166 Lađevci
MiG-21 Bis ? Batajnica
MiG-21 Bis ? Ponikve
MiG-21 Bis ? Sjenica
MiG-21 M ? Batajnica
MiG-21 UM 16151 Batajnica
An-2 70301 Leskovac
An-2 70374 Leskovac
An-2 70357 Leskovac
Mi-14PL 11351 Golubovci
Mi-14PL 11352 Golubovci
Mi-14PL 11354 Golubovci
Ka-25PL 11305 Golubovci
Ka-25PL 11306 Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23211 Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
G-2 Galeb 23??? Golubovci
Utva 75 53001 Pančevo, Utva
Utva 75A 53263 Pančevo, Utva
Utva 75AG 53265 Pančevo, Utva
Utva 75R 53166 Pančevo, Utva
Utva 75 53213 Sombor
Lasta 95 54151 Pančevo, Utva
Lasta 95 54153 Pančevo, Utva
Lasta 95 54154 Pančevo, Utva
Lasta 95 54155 Pančevo, Utva
Lasta 95 54156 Pančevo, Utva
Mi-8 12??? Kosovo
Mi-8 12??? Kosovo

Organization

Structure

1992-1994

  • Air Force and Air Defense Command
      • 333rd Engineering Battalion
      • 322nd Signal Battalion
      • 138th Transport Aviation Brigade
      • 280th Center for Electronic Reconnaissance and Jamming
      • Flight Test Center
    • Aviation Corps
      • 83rd Aviation Brigade
      • 172nd Aviation Brigade
      • 204th Aviation Brigade
      • 98th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment
      • 97th Helicopter Regiment
      • 119th Helicopter Regiment
    • Air Defense Corps
      • 210th Signal Battalion
      • 126th Air Surveillance/Intelligence and Guidance Brigade
      • 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade
      • 450th Air Defense Missile Brigade
      • 60th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 230th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 240th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 310th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 311th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment

1994-1996

  • Air Force and Air Defense Command
      • 138th Transport Aviation Brigade
      • 280th Center for Electronic Reconnaissance and Jamming
      • Flight Test Center
    • Aviation Corps
      • 333rd Engineering Battalion
      • 172nd Aviation Brigade
      • 98th Aviation Brigade
      • 119th Helicopter Regiment
    • Air Defense Corps
      • 359th Engineering Battalion
      • 210th Signal Battalion
      • 83rd Fighter Aviation Regiment
      • 204th Fighter Aviation Regiment
      • 126th Air Surveillance/Intelligence and Guidance Brigade
      • 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade
      • 450th Air Defense Missile Regiment
      • 60th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 230th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 240th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 310th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 311th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment

1996-1999

  • Air Force and Air Defense Command
        • 353rd Reconnaissance Aviation Squadron "Sokolovi"
        • 677th Transport Aviation Squadron "Rode"
        • 890th Mixed Helicopter Squadron "Pegazi"
      • 280th Center for Electronic Reconnaissance and Jamming
      • Flight Test Center
    • Aviation Corps
      • 333rd Engineering Battalion
      • 172nd Aviation Brigade
      • 98th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment
      • 119th Helicopter Brigade
    • Air Defense Corps
      • 359th Engineering Battalion
      • 210th Signal Battalion
      • 83rd Fighter Aviation Regiment
      • 204th Fighter Aviation Regiment
      • 126th Air Surveillance/Intelligence and Guidance Brigade
      • 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade
      • 450th Air Defense Missile Regiment
      • 60th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 230th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 240th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 310th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 311th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment

1999-2002

  • Air Force and Air Defense Command
        • 353rd Reconnaissance Aviation Squadron "Sokolovi"
        • 677th Transport Aviation Squadron "Rode"
        • 890th Mixed Helicopter Squadron "Pegazi"
      • 280th Center for Electronic Reconnaissance and Jamming
      • Flight Test Center
    • Aviation Corps
      • 333rd Engineering Battalion
      • 172nd Aviation Brigade
      • 98th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment
      • 119th Helicopter Brigade
    • Air Defense Corps
      • 359th Engineering Battalion
      • 210th Signal Battalion
      • 204th Fighter Aviation Regiment
      • 126th Air Surveillance/Intelligence and Guidance Brigade
      • 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade
      • 450th Air Defense Missile Regiment
      • 60th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 230th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 240th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 310th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment

2002-2006

  • Air Force and Air Defense Command
        • 353rd Reconnaissance Aviation Squadron "Sokolovi"
        • 677th Transport Aviation Squadron "Rode"
        • 890th Mixed Helicopter Squadron "Pegazi"
      • 280th Center for Electronic Reconnaissance and Jamming
      • Flight Test Center
    • Aviation Corps
      • 333rd Engineering Battalion
      • 172nd Aviation Brigade
      • 98th Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment
      • 119th Helicopter Brigade
    • Air Defense Corps
      • 359th Engineering Battalion
      • 210th Signal Battalion
      • 204th Fighter Aviation Regiment
      • 126th Air Surveillance/Intelligence and Guidance Brigade
      • 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade
      • 230th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 240th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment
      • 310th Air Defense Self-Propelled Missile Regiment

Branches and services

Aviation Air Defense Rocket-artillery Units Early-warning Control and Reporting System Air Force Technical Service

Ranks of the RV i PVO SRJ/SCG

Generals Officers
Ranks in Serbian Генерал Пуковник
General Pukovnik
Генерал-Потпуковник
General-Potpukovnik
Генерал-Мајор
General-Major
Пуковник
Pukovnik
Потпуковник
Potpukovnik
Мајор
Major
Капетан I класе
Kapetan I klase
Капетан
Kapetan
Поручник
Poručnik
Потпоручник
Potporučnik
Ranks Colonel General Lieutenant Colonel General Major General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain, 1st class Captain Lieutenant Sublieutenant
NCOs Soldiers
Ranks in Serbian Заставник I класе
Zastavnik I klase
Заставник
Zastavnik
Старији Водник I класе
Stariji Vodnik I klase
Старији Водник
Stariji Vodnik
Водник I класе
Vodnik I klase
Водник
Vodnik
Млађи водник
Mlađi vodnik
Десетар
Desetar
Разводник
Razvodnik
Ranks Warrant Officer, 1st class Warrant Officer Staff Sergeant 1st class Staff Sergeant Sergeant First Class Sergeant Junior Sergeant Corporal Airman First Class

Successors

The successors are the Serbian Air Force and the Montenegrin Air Force.

References

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