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Russian Air Force
Военно-воздушные силы России
Voyenno-vozdushnye sily Rossii
Great emblem of the Russian Air Force.svg
Russian Air Force emblem
Active 7 May 1992 (1992-05-07)
Country  Russia
Type Air force
Size 148,000 personnel (2018) 3,200+ aircraft
Part of Russian Aerospace Forces
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
March "Air March" (Russian: "Авиамарш")
Anniversaries 12 August
Engagements First Chechen War
War of Dagestan
Second Chechen War
Russo-Georgian 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
Roundel Roundel of Russia.svg
Roundel (1991–2010) Roundel of Russia (1991–2010).svg
Flag Flag of the Air Force of the Russian Federation.svg
Aircraft flown
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
Interceptor MiG-31
Trainer Aero L-39 Albatros, Yak-130
Transport Il-76, Il-112, An-26, An-124, An-140, An-148
Tanker Il-78

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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