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Russian Frontal Aviation Arms
Order of Battle

Last update: 23. 08. 2017.

In late 2013, the Russian Frontal Aviation reverted to its pre-2009 regimental/divisional/Air Army set-up inherited from the Cold War-era. The Russian Air and Air Defence Commands (A&ADCs) will revert back to the four separate Air and Air Defence Armies that had existed until 2009. The 1st Air and Air Defence Command being transformed into the 6th Air Army, the 2nd as the 14th Air Army, the 3rd as the 11th Air Army and the 4th as the 4th Air Army

Another major change will see the merging of the Russian Air Force with the Space Forces, under one command, to be known as the Russian Air Force and Space Forces.

Russian Frontal Aviation Arms Order of Battle today

The Frontal Aviation has also reported a substantial increase in its surface strike capabilities thanks to the large deliveries of new-build true multi-role tactical fighters, capable of deploying guided air-to-surface munitions such as the Su-30M2, Su-34, Su-30SM and Su-35S, with an additional quantity of Su-27SM3s and MiG-29SMTs expected in the near future.

Russian Frontal Aviation
Centrally Subordinated Units

Last update: 23. 08. 2017.

Russian Western Military District
6th Air and Air Defence Army, St Petersburg

Last update: 31. 07. 2017.

The 6th Air and Air Defence Armies, feature one composite aviation division in their structure, assigned to the Western Military District, controls one such division.

Russian Air Force Western Military District order of battle map
Russian Air Force Western Military District order of battle

** During retraining                                                

Russian Air Force Western Military District order of battle

In December 2013, a four-ship Flanker flight from the 159th IAP, home-based at Besovets near St Petersburg, was sent on a longterm detachment at Baranovichi airfield in neighbouring Belarus for standing on QRA duty in performing air defence role. This initiative is set to be expanded in 2016 to a permanent deployment of a full-scale squadron with a fleet of 12 Su-27 single-seaters and two Su-27UB two-seaters stationed at Bobruysk airfield in Belarus where a permanent Russian Air Force airbase will be established.

Russian Southern Military District
4th Air and Air Defence Army, Rostov-on-Don

Last update: 27. 11. 2016.

The 4th Air and Air Defence Army originally had one component division in 2009, established in 2013, but a second was established in mid-2014 as a direct consequence of Russia’s prompt annexation of Crimea Peninsula in March-April 2014.

Russian Air Force Southern Military District order of battle map
Russian Air Force Southern Military District order of battle
Russian Air Force Southern Military District order of battle

       * During retraining          

The two-squadron 38th Fighter Aviation Regiment, stationed at Belbek in Crimea, and established in November 2014, is the latest Frontal Aviation fighter regiment. The 37th Composite Aviation regiment is the latest bomber-attack regiment in the Frontal Aviation structure, established at Gvardeyskoye airfield in mid-2014, also in Crimea.

Russian Central Military District
14th Air and Air Defence Army, Yekaterinburg

The 14th Air and Air Defence Army the smallest fleet, assigned to the Central Military Districts, lacks an intermediate division-level structure and exercises direct control over its three frontline Frontal Aviation regiments and the airbase at Kant, Kyrgyzstan.

Russian Air Force Russian Central Military District order of battle map Russian Air Force Russian Central Military District order of battle

The 999th Air Base was established in 2004 at Kant airfield at in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan. It expanded its fleet with five newly upgraded Su-25SMs in December 2014 complementing the existing fleet of the base’s attack flight or squadron comprising four upgraded single-seat Frogfoots taken on strength in April 2014, together with one two-seater.

Russian Eastern Military District
11th Air and Air Defence Army, Khabarovsk

Last update: 31. 12. 2016.

Russian Air Force Eastern Military District order of battle
Russian Air Force Eastern Military District order of battle map

* During retraining

Original sources:
  Russian Air Power in Kaliningrad, Vladimir Trendafilovski - AFM0717
  Russia's fast-jet training system, Alexander Mladenov - AFM0913
  Russia's National Air Defence System, Alexander Mladenov - AFM0116
  Russian Air Force Frontal Aviation, Alexander Mladenov - AFM1015
  Russian Naval Aviation, Alexander Mladenov - AFM0716
  Шаталово: полеты продолжаются, Олег Растренин - Аик0516
  Russian Navy – Fast Air, Alexander Mladenov - AFM1216

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