Ukrainian Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Повітряні Сили України
English Title:
Ukrainian AIr Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

To be added.


Key Dates

17 March 1992 Ukrainain Air Force officially established.
November 1999 Eleven Tu-160 & Tu-95 bombers start being returned to Russia.
26 February 2014 Russian Marines take control of key installations in Crimea.
18 March 2014 Ukrainian Crimea annexed by Russian Federation.

Current Status

Only a relatively small proportion of the Air Force aircraft inventory is fully operational. Many aircraft are in store or awaiting overhaul. Flying hours are barely sufficient to maintain crew proficiency.

Future Plans

In the immediate future, the Air Force needs to recover and restructure following the loss of key facilities in Crimea.


National Insignia

Ukrainian Air Force National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Serial numbers consist of a two-digit number, usually in red, blue or yellow, over the range 01 to 99.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Alphabetical OrderChronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Ukrainian Air Force, Vinnytsia.

Organisational Structure

The Ukrainian Air Force currently comprises three Air Commands – East, Centre and South – each controlling a number of Aviation Brigades, plus a Training Air Command.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle Listing

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The fighter air base at Belbek, near Sevastopol in the Crimea, had to be abandoned in March 2014 after it was occupied by Russian Marines. See list below for other bases.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

A considerable number of air bases were inherited from the Soviet Air Force and Air Defence Force, but many were closed down in the 1990s to cut operating costs.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information


Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (David Willis)
European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Ian Carroll)
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Ian Carroll)


Air Forces Monthly March 1994
Air Forces Monthly May 2014


wikipedia: Ukrainian Air Force

Ukrainian MoD Official Website

Overview: the Air Forces of Ukraine

Scramble: Ukraine Armed Forces

Ukrainian Spotters Site

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

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