Russian Air Force facts for kids
|Russian Air Force|
|Военно-воздушные силы России
Voyenno-vozdushnye sily Rossii
Russian Air Force emblem
|Active||7 May 1992|
148,000 personnel (2018)3,200+ aircraft
|Part of||Russian Aerospace Forces|
|March||"Air March" (Russian: "Авиамарш")|
|Engagements||First Chechen War
War of Dagestan
Second Chechen War
Syrian Civil War
|Chief of the General Staff||Valery Gerasimov|
|Commander of the Aerospace Forces||Sergei Surovikin|
|Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force||Andrey Yudin|
|Attack||Su-25SM, Su-24M, Su-34|
|Bomber||MiG-31K, Tu-22M3, Tu-95, Tu-160|
|A-50/A-50U, Il-22PP, Il-80|
|Fighter||MiG-29, MiG-35, Su-27, Su-30, Su-35, Su-57|
|Helicopter||Ka-60, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-26|
|Attack helicopter||Mi-24/Mi-35M, Mi-28N, Ka-50, Ka-52|
|Trainer||Aero L-39 Albatros, Yak-130|
|Transport||Il-76, Il-112, An-26, An-124, An-140, An-148|
The Russian Air Force is a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, the latter being formed on 1 August 2015 with the merger of the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces. The modern Russian Air Force was originally established on 7 May 1992 following Boris Yeltsin's creation of the Ministry of Defence; however, the Russian Federation's air force can trace its lineage and traditions back to the Imperial Russian Air Service (1912–1917) and the Soviet Air Forces (1918–1991).
The Russian Navy has its own independent air arm, the Russian Naval Aviation, which is the former Soviet Aviatsiya Voyenno-morskogo Flota (lit. "Aviation of the military-sea fleet"), or AVMF. The Russian Air Force is the air wing of the Russian Military. It is the world's second largest air force after the United States Air Force. It is also the only air force other than the United States Air Force who use modern strategic bombers.
During the Cold War, the Soviet Air Force had an air force equal to the United States Air Force. However, after the collapse of Soviet Union, the Russian Air Force was made much smaller because Russia did not have enough money to keep everything. However, spending on the Russian Air Force increased in the early 21st century.
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Modern Russian aircraft Sukhoi Su-35, Sukhoi Su-34, Sukhoi PAK FA, pictured in 2011
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