Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Summary

Air Force and Air Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Air Force of Bosnia and Herzegovina Emblem.png
Founded1 December 2006; 14 years ago (2006-12-01)
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Aerial defence
Size700 airmen
300+ civilian personnel
1,100 guard personnel
Part ofArmed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina
HeadquartersSarajevo
Motto(s)Bosnian: Perspektiva
"Perspective"
ColoursUltramarine Blue and Golden Yellow   
Insignia
Fin flashFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg
Aircraft flown
HelicopterMil Mi-8, Mil Mi-17
TransportBell UH-1 Iroquois, Aérospatiale Gazelle

The Air Force of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian and Croatian: Zračne snage Bosne i Hercegovine, Serbian: Ваздушне снаге Босне и Херцеговине/Vazdušne snage Bosne i Hercegovine) is part of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The headquarters is in Sarajevo. It maintains operating bases at Sarajevo International Airport, Banja Luka International Airport and Tuzla International Airport.

History

The Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence Brigade of Bosnia and Herzegovina was formed when elements of the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska Air Force were merged in 2006.[1]

Structure

  • Air Force and Air Defense Brigade, at Sarajevo Air Base and Banja Luka Air Base
    • 1st Helicopter Squadron, at Banja Luka Air Base
    • 2nd Helicopter Squadron, at Sarajevo Air Base
    • Air Defence Battalion, at Sarajevo Air Base
    • Early Warning and Surveillance Battalion, at Banja Luka Air Base
    • Flight Support Battalion, with detachments at the two air bases

Airbases

Aircraft

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Helicopters
Mil Mi-8 Russia utility / transport Mi-8/17 8[2]
Bell UH-1 United States utility UH-1H 14[2]
Airbus H215 France utility 12 on order[3]
Aérospatiale Gazelle France utility SA341/42 8[2]
A Bell UH-1 similar to this one is used by Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Retired

Previous notable aircraft operated by the Air Force consisted of the UTVA 75, CASA C-212 Aviocar, Mil Mi-34, Mil Mi-24, Soko J-22 Orao, Soko G-2 Galeb, Soko G-4 Super Galeb, and the Bell 206 helicopter.[4][5]

Air Defense

Name Origin Type In service Notes
SAM
2K12 Kub Soviet Union mobile SAM system 20[6]
9K31 Strela-1[7] Soviet Union mobile SAM system 34
9K35 Strela-10[8] Soviet Union mobile SAM system
M53/59 Praga Czechoslovakia mobile SAM system 96[9]
Anti Defence artillery
Bofors 40 mm gun[10] Sweden Anti-aircraft gun 47[9]
ZU-23-2 Soviet Union Anti-aircraft gun 30[9]
9K34 Strela-3[8] Soviet Union MANPADS
FIM-92 Stinger[11] United States MANPADS
9K38 Igla[8] Soviet Union MANPADS

See also

References

  1. ^ Dougherty, Kevin (11 January 2006). "Bosnia breaks through ethnic divide by merging Serb, Muslim-Croat forces". Stars and Stripes. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "World Air Forces 2021". FlightGlobal. 4 December 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Održana 37. sjednica Vijeća ministara Bosne i Hercegovine". www.vijeceministara.gov.ba. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  4. ^ "World Air Forces 2004". flightglobal.com. September 2004. p. 46. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  5. ^ "World Air Forces 2013" (PDF). Flightglobal Insight. 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  6. ^ IISS 2012 Military Balance, pp. 97.
  7. ^ "SA-9 Gaskin 9K31 Strela-1 ground to air missile system technical data sheet specifications | Russia Russian missile system vehicle UK | Russia Russian army military equipment vehicles UK". Army Recognition. 11 March 2011. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground armed defense forces military equipment armored vehicle UK | Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground forces UK | East Europe UK". Army Recognition. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 25 September 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Administrator. "Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground armed defense forces military equipment armored vehicle UK | Bosnia Herzegovina army land ground forces UK | East Europe UK". armyrecognition. Archived from the original on 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  10. ^ A. Šarenkapa (12 January 2016). "Haubice, transporteri, raketni bacači i snajperi: Oružane snage BiH predstavile vojnu opremu (FOTO)". Faktor. Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Detailing the development and operational history of the General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable, Air Defense Missile System". 26 February 2018. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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