Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev
Виктор Николаевич Бондарев
|Born||December 7, 1959|
Voronezh, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Allegiance|| Soviet Union (1977–1991)|
|Service/||Russian Air Force|
|Years of service||1977–2017|
|Commands held||Russian Air Force|
Russian Aerospace Forces
|Battles/wars||Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War|
Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev (Russian: Виктор Николаевич Бондарев; born December 7, 1959) is a Colonel General and former Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces (1 August 2015 – 26 September 2017), and the former Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force branch of the Aerospace Forces (6 May 2012 – 1 August 2015). He replaced Alexander Zelin, who was dismissed from the military on 27 April 2012.
Bondarev's career started off with his joining the Soviet Air Force in 1977. By 1981, he had graduated from the Boris Aviation Training Centre for flight crews in Borisoglebsk, and by 1992 had graduated from the Gagarin Air Force Academy. In 2004, he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff.
He was a squadron commander of the Boris Aviation Training Centre before becoming a deputy commander and senior pilot of the Attack Aviation Regiment, and as such, participated in the Soviet–Afghan War. He then became the commander of the 899th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment located in Buturlinovka, Voronezh; the regiment fought in the First and Second Chechen Wars. In 2000, he became the deputy commander, before being appointed the Commander in 2004, of the 105th Composite Air Division, 16th Army Air Force and Air Defense. From May 2006, he became the Deputy Commander of the 14th Army Air Force and Air Defense; he would become the Commander of the branch in June 2008.
| Commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force
(as Chief of the Air Force of the Russian Aerospace Forces)
| Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces