|Georgian Air Force|
Coat of arms of the Georgian Air Force
|Size||2,971 personnel |
|Part of||Georgian Defence Forces|
|Commander-in-Chief||President Salome Zourabichvili|
The Georgian Air Force (Georgian: ? , sak'art'velos sahaero dzalebi) is the air force of the Defense Forces of Georgia. It was established as part of the Georgian Armed Forces in 1992 and merged into Army Air Section in 2010. As part of reforms in the Georgian military, the Air Force was reestablished as a separate branch of the Defense Forces in 2016.
The Georgian Air Force and Air Defense Division was established on January 1, 1992. On August 18, 1998, the two divisions were unified in a joint command structure and renamed the Georgian Air Force.
The first combat flight was conducted by Izani Tsertsvadze and Valeri Nakopia on September 19, 1992, during the separatist war in Abkhazia. This date was later designated as the Georgian Air Force Day.
In 2010, the Georgian Air Force was abolished as a separate branch and incorporated into the Georgian Land Forces as Air and Air Defense sections.
The Georgian Air Force was formally re-established in 2016 but all fixed wing aircraft were left abandoned till 2020. Under the leadership of Georgian Minister of Defense Irakli Garibashvili the Air Force was re-prioritized and aircraft owned by the Georgian Air Force are begin modernized and re-serviced after they were left abandoned for 4 years. The Minister of Defense also announced plans to acquire strike drones to increase Georgia's combat readiness.
|Georgian armed forces||O-1||O-2||O-3||O-4||O-5||O-6||O-7||O-8||O-9||O-10||0-11|
|Title||Second lieutenant||Lieutenant||First lieutenant||Captain||Major||Lieutenant colonel||Colonel||Brigadier general||Major general||Lieutenant general||General|
The objectives of the Georgian Air Force are defined as follows:
Functions of the Georgian Air Forces:
|Sukhoi Su-25||Georgia||CAS||Su-25KM/Su-25UB||13||Begin restored to airworthy condition.|
|Antonov An-28||Ukraine||Transport||2||Begin restored to airworthy condition.|
|Antonov An-2||Ukraine||Transport||6||Begin restored to airworthy condition.|
|Mil Mi-8/17||Soviet Union||Utility||Mi-8/17||21||Begin restored to airworthy condition.|
|Mil Mi-14||Soviet Union||ASW||1||Unknown condition.|
|Mil Mi-24||Russia||Attack / Utility||Mi-24P/Mi-24D/Mi-35P||5||Begin restored to airworthy condition.|
|Bell UH-1||United States||Utility||UH-1H||13||Begin restored to airworthy condition.|
|Aero L-39||Czech Republic||Trainer / Attack||Aero L-39C||5||Begin restored to airworthy condition.|
|Yak-52||Soviet Union||Trainer||10||Unknown condition.|