Air Force of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro


Air Force of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro

|| Fighter


Trainer || MiG-29A
MiG-29UB || 14
2|| 4
1 |
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SOKO J-22 Orao || || Fighter Bomber & Trainer
Unarmed Trainer
Target puller
Prototyp || G-4
G-4š
G-4t
G-4M || 40?
8
4
1 || 23
8
2
1 |
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Lola Utva 75 || || Cargo Aircraft || An-26B || 8-10 || 2(6) ||
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Yakovlev Yak-40 Codling || || Anti-Submarine Helicopter|| Mi-14PL|| 3|| 0 || All destroyed during the war.
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Kamov Ka-25 Hormone || /YUG || Utility
Recon
Attack Helicopter
Attack helicopter || HO-42/45
HI-42 Hera
HN-42M Gama
HN-45M Gama 2 || 30
3
27
15|| 29
3
19
11 |

Ranks of the "RV i PVO SRJ/SCG"

* "Vojnik" (Private)
* "Razvodnik" (Private First Class)
* "Desetar" (Lance Corporal)
* "Mlađi vodnik" (Corporal)
* "Vodnik" (Sergeant)
* "Vodnik 1. klase" (Sergeant First Class)
* "Stariji vodnik" (Senior Sergeant)
* "Stariji vodnik 1. klase" (Senior Sergeant First Class)
* "Zastavnik" (Sergeant Major)
* "Zastavnik 1. klase" (Sergeant Major First Class)
* "Potporučnik" (Second Lieutenant)
* "Poručnik" (First Lieutenant)
* "Kapetan" (Captain)
* "Kapetan 1. klase" (Captain First Class)
* "Major" (Major)
* "Potpukovnik" (Lieutenant Colonel)
* "Pukovnik" (Colonel)
* "General-major" (Major General)
* "General-potpukovnik" (Lieutenant General)
* "General-pukovnik" (Colonel General)

Operation Allied Force

Around 50 Yugoslav aircraft were lost during the Kosovo War when NATO air forces attacked FRY in 1999. 6 MiG-29s were destroyed in dogfights against F-15s, F-16s or F-18. Other MiG-29s were destroyed on the ground when NATO attacked Batajnica Airfield.

Heroes of the War

Commander-in-chief of the Air Force said that Air Force and Air Defense had 40 killed and 110 wounded soldiers in combat.

Air Force and Air Defense members fought brave and used innovative tactics to counter technologically most advanced and numerically superior opponents. AF & AD C-in-C Lieutenant General Spasoje Smiljanic was promoted to rank of Colonel General and awarded Medal of War Flag - First DegreeDeputy of C-in-C Supreme Command Headquarters for the AF Colonel General Ljubisa Velickovic was awarded Medal of War Flag - First Degree. General Velickovic was killed in combat.

Knights in combat

The first Yugoslav planes in the air were the "Knights" from the 127th. LAE (127st fighter squadron) with their MiG-29 (only unit operating them). Based on publicly released data one could conclude that three MiG's were scrambled from Batajnica Air Base with Lieutenant Colonel Ljubiša Kulačin, Major Nebojša Nikolić and Major Milorad Milutinović in cockpit and two (Lieutenant Colonel Dragan Ilić, Major Aljo Arizanov) from Niš Airport. Since Germany had the same type of MiG-29 for a decade NATO was expected to be successful in jamming radar and communication with GC center. Bearing that in mind and the fact of great numbers of enemy aircraft in the air backed by four AWACS planes, Yugoslav pilots applied new tactics. They abandoned usual leader-wingman formations and used fast solo dashes near ground to stay out of sight and then, when close enough to fire R-73 (AA-11), vertical climb trying to get firing solution with KOLS laser - IR rangefinder/homing system.

The following pilots were awarded Bravery Medals and promoted to higher ranks:
*Major Nebojsa Nikolic
*Major Slobodan Peric
*Major Predrag Milutinovic
*Major Iljo Arizanov
*Captain, 1st class Zoran Radosavljevic, killed in combat

Other pilots that flew combat missions (based on data gathered so far):
*Colonel General Ljubisa Velickovic
*Colonel Milenko Pavlovic, commander of 204. Fighter Aviation Regiment, killed in combat
*Lieutenant Colonel Ljubiša Kulačin
*Lieutenant Colonel Dragan Ilic

List of awarded units

250. Rocket Brigade AD received the Order of the National Hero medal, the highest military medal for their exceptional service during the war
126. VOJIN Brigade received the Order of the National Hero medal, the highest military medal for their exceptional service during the war

List of awarded members

*Lieutenant Colonel Zivota Duric, Bravery Medal and promotion to higher rank. He was killed in combat when he tried to ram enemy aircraft with his badly damaged J-22 Orao.
*Colonel Kis Bela, Bravery Medal
*Colonel Ostojic Goran, Bravery Medal
*Lieutenant Colonel Sreto Malinovic, Medal of Honor
*Major Vukicevic Srđan, Bravery Medal
*Major Milenkovic Sava, Bravery Medal
*Major Nikcevic Rade, Bravery Medal
*Major Milovanovic Aleksa and Captain, 1st class Jovanovic Srđan got Distinguished Service Medal's for rescuing downed pilot under enemy fire
*Captain, 1st class Abrt Emilijan, Bravery Medal
*Captain, 1st class Mrvljevic Nebojsa, Bravery Medal
*Captain Bulatovic Nenad, Bravery Medal
*Captain Spasic Nenad, Bravery Medal
*Senior Sergeant, 1st class Vukovic Dragan, Bravery Medal
*Sergeant, 1st class Aksic Milos, Bravery Medal
*Sergeant, 1st class Komazec Zdravko, Bravery Medal
*Sergeant, 1st class Djurcic Dragan, Bravery Medal

List of FRY destroyed aircraft

! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Aircraft! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Serial! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Place! style="text-align: left; background: #aacccc;"|Crew
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MiG-29
18103
Batajnica|
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MiG-29
18104
Niš|
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MiG-29
18106
near Kruševac
Maj.Predrag Milutinović, shot down by NATO
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MiG-29
18107
Batajnica|
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MiG-29
18109
near Valjevo
Milenko Pavlović, shot down by NATO
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MiG-29
18110
Ponikve
Maj.Slobodan Tešanović, noncombat flight
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MiG-29
18111
near Titel
Maj.Nebojša Nikolić, shot down by NATO
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MiG-29
18112
Priština
Maj.Iljo Azrinov, shot down by NATO
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MiG-29
18113
near Loznica
Capt. 1st Class Zoran Radoslavljević†, shot down by NATO
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MiG-29
18114
near Bjeljina
Maj.Slobodan Perić, shot down by NATO
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MiG-29UB
18302
Batajnica|
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G-4 Super Galeb
23693 "Leteće Zvezde"
Golubovci|
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G-4 Super Galeb
23694 "Leteće Zvezde"
Golubovci|
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G-4 Super Galeb
23695 "Leteće Zvezde"
Golubovci|
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G-4 Super Galeb
23696 "Leteće Zvezde"
Golubovci|
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G-4 Super Galeb
23697 "Leteće Zvezde"
Golubovci|
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G-4 Super Galeb
23698 "Leteće Zvezde"
Golubovci|
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G-4 Super Galeb
23699 "Leteće Zvezde"
Golubovci|
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G-4t Super Galeb
23604
Batajnica|
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G-4t Super Galeb
23606
Batajnica|
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J-22 Orao
25104|
Života Đurić†
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J-22 Orao
25204
Ponikve|
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J-22 Orao
25205
Ponikve|
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NJ-22 Orao
25532
Ponikve|
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NJ-22 Orao
25533
Ponikve|
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J-22 Orao
25174
Ponikve|
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J-22 Orao
25168
Ponikve|
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J-22 Orao
25709
"Moma" center|
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NJ-22 Orao
25527
Batajnica|
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J-22 Orao
25164
Batajnica|
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J-22 Orao
25152
Lađevci|
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J-22 Orao
25207
Lađevci|
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MiG-21 bis
17135||
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MiG-21 Bis
17220
Batajnica|
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MiG-21 Bis
17228
Batajnica|
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MiG-21 Bis
17231
Batajnica|
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MiG-21 Bis
17401
Batajnica|
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MiG-21 Bis-K
17208
Batajnica|
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MiG-21 Bis
17162
Priština|
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MiG-21 Bis
17169
Priština|
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MiG-21 Bis
17170
Priština|
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MiG-21 Bis
17224
Priština|
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MiG-21 Bis
17166
Lađevci|
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MiG-21 Bis
?
Batajnica|
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MiG-21 Bis
?
Ponikve|
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MiG-21 Bis
?
Sjenica|
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MiG-21 M
?
Batajnica|
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MiG-21 UM
16151
Batajnica|
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An-2
70301
Leskovac|
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An-2
70374
Leskovac|
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An-2
70357
Leskovac|
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Mi-14PL
11351
Golubovci|
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Mi-14PL
11352
Golubovci|
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Mi-14PL
11354
Golubovci|
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Ka-25PL
113??
Golubovci|
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Ka-25PL
113??
Golubovci|
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Ka-25PL
113??
Golubovci|
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G-2 Galeb
23211
Golubovci|
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G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
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G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
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G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
-----
G-2 Galeb
23???
Golubovci|
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Utva 75
53001
Pančevo, Utva|
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Utva 75A
53263
Pančevo, Utva|
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Utva 75AG
53265
Pančevo, Utva|
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Utva 75R
53166
Pančevo, Utva|
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Utva 75
53213
Sombor|
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Lasta 95
54151
Pančevo, Utva|
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Lasta 95
54153
Pančevo, Utva|
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Lasta 95
54154
Pančevo, Utva|
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Lasta 95
54155
Pančevo, Utva|
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Lasta 95
54156
Pančevo, Utva|
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Mi-8
12???
Kosovo|
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Mi-8
12???
Kosovo||

Air Forces from the former Serbia and Montenegro

*Serbian Air Force
*Military of Montenegro

See also

* SFR Yugoslav Air Force
* Yugoslav Royal Air Force


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