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Georgian Air Force
Georgian Air Force
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Georgian Air Force emblem.svg
Coat of arms of the Georgian Air Force
Founded1992; 29 years ago (1992)
Country Georgia
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size2,971 personnel
76 aircraft
Part ofGeorgian Defence Forces
HeadquartersAlekseevka, Tbilisi
Engagements
Commanders
Commander-in-ChiefPresident Salome Zourabichvili
Insignia
RoundelRoundel of Georgia.svg Roundel of Georgia - Low Visibility.svg
FlagGeorgian Air Force and Air Defense Command flag (2018).png

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.[1]

History

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Reestablishment and modernization

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.[4]

Ranks

Commissioned officers

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
Insignia GAF airforce junior lieutenant.jpg GAF airforce lieutenant.jpg GAF airforce senior lieutenant.jpg GAF airforce captain ( diamond form version ).jpg GAF airforce major.jpg GAF airforce lieutenant colonel.jpg GAF airforce colonel.jpg GAF airforce brigadier general.jpg GAF airforce major general.jpg GAF airforce lieutenant general.jpg GAF airforce general.jpg
Title Second lieutenant Lieutenant First lieutenant Captain Major Lieutenant colonel Colonel Brigadier general Major general Lieutenant general General
Abbreviation 2LT LT 1LT CPT MAJ LTC COL BG MG LTG GEN
NATO code OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9

Mission and objectives

The objectives of the Georgian Air Force are defined as follows:

  • Warfare and mobilization readiness of the Air Forces sub-units
  • Protection of sovereignty and control of the air space of Georgia
  • The fight against air terrorism
  • Participate in the fight against terrorism on land and at sea
  • Air defence of state entities and troops
  • Destruction of land and naval targets at the enemy's front line and tactical inmost. Providing air support for friendly land and naval forces
  • Participation in collective and multinational exercises.

Functions of the Georgian Air Forces:

  • Troop and cargo transportation
  • Search and rescue of downed aircraft and pilots
  • MEDEVAC
  • Informing the leadership of the Air Force and the Army about enemy air assaults
  • Destruction of enemy manpower, land and naval targets
  • Air forces landing
  • Aerial reconnaissance

The two major airfields are located near Tbilisi at Vaziani and Marneuli.

Current inventory

A Georgian Mi-24 in flight
A Georgian Su-25KM in flight
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Fixed Wing
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.
Helicopters
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.
Trainer Aircraft
Aero L-39 Czech Republic Trainer / Attack Aero L-39C 5 Begin restored to airworthy condition.
Yak-52 Soviet Union Trainer 10 Unknown condition.

References

  1. ^ " ?" [On Defense of Georgia]. LawNo. 1030of31 October 2018 (in Georgian).
  2. ^ a b Defence Today 27: 1. September 2009. Accessed February 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Structure of Land Forces Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine. Ministry of Defense of Georgia. Accessed on February 10, 2012.
  4. ^ " ? ? - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved .

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