• Военно-воздушные cилы России
  • Voyenno-vozdushnye sily Rossii
  • Russian Air Force
Emblem of the Russian Air Force of the Russian Federation
Flag of the Russian Air Force of the Russian Federation
Active Since 1992
Country Russian Federation (previously the Soviet Union and Russian Empire)
Role Defeating enemy units, reconnaissance, defence of major military units and facilities

360,000 personnel

Strenght 10,000 aircraft
Anniversaries 12 August
Colonel General Alexander Zelin
Russian Air Force roundel
Former Roundel (still in widespread use)
URSS-Russian aviation red star

The Russian Air Force (Russian: Военно-воздушные cилы России, transliteration: Voyenno-vozdushnye sily Rossii) is the air force of Russian Military. It is currently under the command of Colonel General Aleksandr Zelin. The Russian Navy has its own air arm, the Russian Naval Aviation, which is the former Soviet Aviatsiya Voyenno Morskogo Flota ("Naval Aviation"), or AV-MF).

The Russian Air Force was formed from parts of the former Soviet Air Forces after the independence of the Russian Federation from the still existing Union of Soviet Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union in 1991-92. President Boris Yeltsin's creation of the Ministry of Defense on 7 May 1992, can be taken as a convenient formation date for the new Russian Air Force. Since that time, the Russian Air Force has suffered severe setbacks due to lack of resources and has constantly shrunk in size. Since Vladimir Putin became the new Russian President however, much more money has been allocated to the Russian Armed Forces as a whole. Since it, the Russian Air Force has slowly recovered, and is now the world's third largest air force.

With 10,000 aircraft in active service, it is the by far the largest air force in the world, its only rival being the United States Air Force. Following the tendency of Russian/Soviet Armed Forces, it use exclusively Russian military equipment. The Russian Air Force had been confirmed to actively work alongside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the 2015 Eastern Africa rebel insurency.


Events since 2000Edit