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A bove:The Serbian
M in is tr y o f D e fe n c e c o n s id e r s th e c o n tr o l o f n a tio n a l
air space
t ob e th e S e r b ia n
A ir fo r c e 's p r io r ity .
C o n s e q u e n tlya p a ir o f M iG -2 h
are kepto n constant
Q u ic k R e a c tio n A le r t.
fo r
th e s e m iu io n s ,
the aircraft are arm ed
w ith fo u ro r s ix R -6 0 K IR \u00b76 0 M K
air-to-air m /ulles.
L e ft:
The Serbian
A ir force
h a s in tr o d u c e d
n e w
in s ig n ia ,
Its third
I n
ay e a r
-
know n
a s th e
T a k o v s k l
C ro u
-superim posed
o v e r th e r o u n d e lln
S e r b ia n
n a tio n a l
c o lo u r s .
T h e flig h t
T est Sector ram p
a tB a ta ln ic a .
Tw o
G a le b 4 s (lo c a l d e s ig n a tio n
N -6 2 s ) b e lo n g in g
t o
th e flig h t
Test Sector are pictured
s h o w in g
tw o
d iffe r e n t
n a tio n a l
in s ig n ia .
An aircraft In old
Y u g o s la v fe d e r a tio n
m arkings
is s e e n ta x y in g
o u t,
o n e
w ith
w ith
the interim
S e r b ia n
In s ig n ia c a n b e
seen in the background.
A ll
PH O TO S,
A lE K S A N D A R
R A D IC
-
~
.~ ,
0 -
B ranch
C om m and
p la n n e d
t o
re d u c e
th e
num ber
o f
a irc ra ft
b a s e d
a t
G o lu b o v c i,
n e a r
P o d g o ric a ,
t o
c re a te
a
new ,
o n e -s q u a d ro n
s tru c tu re ,
a n d
t o
tra n s fe r
a ro u n d
1 5
G a le b
G -4s
tra in e rs
a n d
G a z e lle
h e lic o p te rs
t o
S e rb ia .
T h is w a s n o t
d o n e
a t th e
tim e,
a n d
a fte r
in d e p e n d e n c e
w as
d e c la re d ,
all the
a irc ra ft
b e lo n g in g
t o
2 3 9 .m a e
w ere
l e f t
i n
M o n te n e g ro ,
in c lu d in g
th e
u n it's
fix e d -w in g
flig h t
o f
1 7
N -6 2 s
(th e
air force's
d e s ig n a tio n
fo r G a le b
G -4 trainer
a n d
lig h t
a tta c k
a ir c r a f t) .
O f these,
five w ere
th e
N -6 2 ~
2 5 2 /1 7
-
~
O n e A ir B a s e - O n e A ir F o r c e
T he
a s s e ts
w ere
in itia lly
t o
b e
d iv id e d
w ith
a ll
in fra s tru c tu re ,
re a l
e s ta te
a n d
e q u ip m e n t
th e
p ro p e rty
o f
th e
m em ber
s ta te
i n
w h ic h
th e y
a re
lo c a te d .
F o llo w in g
re s tru c tu rin g ,
o n
M arch
3 1 ,
2 0 0 5 ,
P o d g o ric a -b a s e d
1 7 2 .a b r
h a d
tw o
s u b o rd in a te
u n its ,
2 3 9 .m a e
(m eso v ita
a v ija c ijs k a
e s k a d rila
-
M ix e d
A v ia tio n
S q u a d ro n )
a n d
2 5 1 .lb a e
(Io v a c k o \ue000
bom barderska
a v ija c ijs k a
e s k a d rila
-
fig h te r-b o m b e r
a v ia tio n
s q u a d ro n ),
b a s e d
a t K o v in a irfie ld in S e rb ia .
A fte r M o n te n e g ro
v o te d
fo r
in d e p e n d e n c e
la s t y e a r, th e
S e rb ia
a n d
M o n te n e g ro
A ir F o rc e is to
s p lit
in to
tw o
fo rc e s .A le x a n d e r
R a d ic
r e v ie w s
p ro g re s s
s o fa r.
~
F T E R b e in g
p a rt
o f
th e
sam e
fe d e ra tio n
fo r
I I .i J
8 8
years, and
a
u n io n
s in c e
2 0 0 3 ,
S e rb ia a n d
M o n te n e g ro
h a v e
becom e
in d e p e n d e n t
c o u n trie s
fo llo w in g
a
p e a c e fu l
'd i v o r c e '.
In a
re fe re n d u m
o n
M o n te n e g ro 's
in d e p e n d e n c e ,
a
sm all
m ajo rity
v o te d
i n
fa v o u r
of a
s p lit
fro m
S e rb ia ,
a n d
th e
u n io n
w as
n o
m ore.
In d e p e n d e n c e
w as
d e c la re d
i n
M o n te n e g ro 's
c a p ita l,
Podgorica, on June 2, 2006, and the armed
forces agreed
t o
split the
assets according
to territorialclaim s.
A ir F o rc e u n its b a s e d
a t 8 a ta jn ic a ,
L a d je v c i,
N is and
K o v in a irfie ld s b e c a m e
part of the Army
o f S e rb ia , b rin g in g
w ith
th e m
8 2
com bat
a irc ra ft
a n d
8 9
h e lic o p te rs
o u t o f th e
9 4
a n d
1 1 1
re s p e c tiv e ly
w hich w ere
re p o rte d
o n
s tre n g th
o n
J a n u a ry
1, 2006.
T h e s e
S e rb ia n
fo rc e s
a re
n o w
p a rt
o f
th e
b ra n c h
b e a rin g
th e
n e w
o ffic ia l n a m e
-
V a z d u h o p lo v s tv o
i
p ro tiv v a z d u h o p lo v n a
o d b ra n a
-
V
i PVO
(A ir Force
a n d
A ir D efense).
M e a n w h ile
th e
G o lu b o v c i-b a s e d
1 7 2 .a b r (a v ija c ijs k a b rig a d a
- A v ia tio n 8 rig a d e ),
w ith a
m ix e d
s q u a d ro n
e q u ip p e d
w ith
4 1
a irc ra ft o f v a rio u s
types, has becom e
p a rt o f th e A rm y o f M o n te n e g ro .
4 2
f
L _
'- : - : -
~ ---
_
T h e o ld e s t
M IG \u00b72 1 s
I n
th e
S e rb ia n
A ir
fo rc e
In v e n to ry
w e re
b u ilt
I n
1 9 7 7 :
th e
y o u n g e s rd l1 f7 ffij/n
1 9 8 3 .
T h e y a re
flo w n
b y p ilo ts
o fth e
1 0 1 . la e .
y e a r a t th e A c a d e m y , th e re s t fly in g
G a z e lle s . A fte r
g ra d u a tin g , e ig h t w e n t to
th e S e rb ia n A ir F o rc e a n d
th re e
t o
th e
A rm y
o f
M o n te n e g ro .
M o n te n e g rin
s tu d e n t
p ilo ts w ill
c o n tin u e
t o
s tu d y th e o ry
a t th e
M ilita ry
A cadem y
in
B e lg ra d e .
O n ly
o n e c la s s , th e
1 3 0 th
s tu d e n t c la s s , is e x p e c te d
t o
c a rry o u t fly in g
tra in in g
in th e 2 0 0 7 /0 8
a c a d e m ic y e a r .
I I
1
I )
I
\
"
( 5 , s k o ls k i - tr a in in g )
u n a rm e d
v a ria n t.
T h e s e w e re
s trip p e d
o f w e a p o n s in
1 9 9 6 u n d e r th e S u b re g io n a l
A rm s C o n tro l A g re e m e n t a s b e in g o v e r th e a llo w e d
lim it
o f
1 5 5
com bat
a irc ra ft
u n d e r
th e
c o n tro l
o f
B e lg ra d e . G a le b G -4 s w e re c o n s id e re d to o e x p e n s iv e
fo r
M o n te n e g ro 's
b u d g e t
a n d th e ir
fu tu re
s ta tu s is
u n k n o w n : S e rb ia w a n ts to ta k e a t le a s t fiv e o f th e m .
U n til th e d e c is io n o n th e ir fin a l s ta tu s th e a irc ra ft a re
g ro u n d e d .
I n
N ovem ber
2 0 0 6 ,
P o d g o ric a -b a s e d
a e ro
c lu b
N a s a K r ila
(O u r
W in g s )
to o k
o v e r tw o
N -6 2 5
w h ic h
w e re
in the
b e s t te c h n ic a l c o n d itio n .
M o n te n e g ro 's
M in is try
o f
D e fe n c e
g a v e
a p p ro v a l
fo r
th e
a e r o c lu b
t o
u s e th e
tw o
a irc ra ft fo r
th re e
y e a rs , w ith o u t
a n y c o m p e n s a tio n , a s lo n g a s tr a in e d
s e v e ra l a rm e d fo rc e s ' p ilo ts fre e o f c h a rg e .
F o r p ilo t tr a in in g ,
2 5 1 . Ib a e le n t th e 2 3 9 . m a e fo u r
p is to n - e n g in e d
V -5 3 s (U tv a 7 5 ).
F iv e H T -4 0 s (M i-8 s )
w e re
b a s e d a t G o lu b o v c i:
o n ly
o n e
is o p e r a tio n a l
-
th e
o th e r fo u r
w e re w ith d ra w n
fro m
s e r v ic e a n d
o ffe re d
fo r s a le in
2 0 0 4 .
T h e re
a re 1 5
G a z e lle s a t
P o d g o ric a : s e v e n S A .3 4 1 H s (s ix
u tility
H O -4 2 s a n d
o n e re c o n n a is s a n c e H I-4 2 H e ra ) a n d e ig h t S A .3 4 2 L s
(tw o
u tility
H O -4 5 s a n d
s ix a rm e d , a n ti-ta n k
H N \ue000
4 5 M
G a m a s ).
O n e o th e r G a z e lle h e lic o p te r is u s e d
b y th e lo c a l p o lic e .
M o n te n e g rin
p ilo ts a r e lik e ly to
fly o n ly
h e lic o p te r s
in
th e
fu tu re .
G a z e lle s w ill
s ta y o n
th e
in v e n to ry ,
a n d
c re w s
a re
b e in g
p re p a re d
fo r
th e
a rriv a l
o f
U H -1 H
H ueys
fro m
th e
U S .
M o n te n e g ro
e x p e c te d
2 3 9 .m a e
t o
c o n tin u e
tra in in g
s tu d e n t
p ilo ts
fro m
b o th
c o u n trie s ,
b u t
th e
S e rb ia n
A ir
F o rc e
o p te d
fo r
in d e p e n d e n t
p ilo t
tra in in g
a n d
s e n t je t fu e l to
S e r b ia n
A ir F o r c e
R e o r g a n iz a tio n
P o d g o ric a to
c o m p le te
th e tra in in g
o f th e
la s t c la s s
U n d e r th e
S e rb ia n A rm y 's n e w
s tru c tu re
a s d e fin e d
o f p ilo ts
in s tru c te d
b y th e
S e rb ia a n d
M o n te n e g ro
in the
June 2006
S tra te g ic D e fe n c e R e v ie w , fu rth e r
A ir F o r c e a t G o lu b o v c i.
In J u ly 2 0 0 6 , 1 1 p ilo ts fr o m
re o rg a n is a tio n
is e x p e c te d
b y
2 0 1 0 ,
in c lu d in g
th e
th e
M ilita ry
A c a d e m y 's 1 2 7 th
C la s s m a d e th e ir fir s t
p h a s in g o u t o f c o n s c r ip ts .
T h e
g re a te r p a rt o f th e
s o lo flig h ts .
S e rb ia n A ir F o rc e (S A F ) re s tru c tu rin g
is d u e
t o
b e
O n ly tw o o f th e m
fle w
th e G a le b G - 4 in th e ir la s t
c o m p le te d
b y J u n e 2 0 0 7 , w ith
in te g ra tio n
o f fly in g
~ -""':':7 1 ""'!J < '
: . '\ ; '~
'~ ""~ "":":~ '
_'t ..:\u2022 \u2022 \u2022 \u2022 \u2022 \u2022 \u2022
,
"~ '
.
\u00b7~ '1 ~ ._. . . .
,
A t p re s e n t,
0 1 /fiv e
M IG \u00b72 9 s
a re
g ro u n d e d .
T h e S e rb ia n
A ir
fo rc e
e x p e c ts
t o
h a v e
th e m
b a c k
I ns e r v ic e
fo l/o w ln g
o v e rh a u l
I n
2 0 0 7 .
T h e y
w ill
ta k e
o v e r th e
Q R A d u ty
fro m
th e
M IG \u00b721s.
1 1 2 2 7 F e b ru a ry
4 3

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