Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska

 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Helikopterski servis Republike Srpske
English Title:
Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska
Abbreviation:
HsRS
First Established:
2008
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska was established in 2008, at the initiative of a group of former military pilots, and with the support of the Government of the Republic of Srpska, in order to serve all citizens of the Republic of Srpska. It began with only one helicopter, but has now expanded to four helicopters.

Key Dates

2008 Helicopter Service established.
2014 Dedicated EMS helicopter delivered.

Current Status

The Helicopter Service is used primarily for air medical transport, VIP transport and special police operations.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

Special Markings

Helicopter Service machines operate in a very neat burgundy red and silver colour scheme. The Gazelles carry the insignia of the Sprska Police on the fuselage sides, and the Bosnian flag on the fin, while the Bell 206 has a winged ‘RC’ insignia on the fuselage and Serbian red/blue/white stripes on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Helicopter Service machines carry civil registrations, e.g. E7-SHB.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle (HO-42) 1 1 0 Policing/EMS
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle (HN-42M) 1 1 0 Policing/EMS
Aerospatiale SA.342L Gazelle (HN-45M) 1 1 0 Policing/EMS
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 1 1 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle (HO-42) 1 2008 current Sprska AF
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle (HN-42M) 1 ? current Sprska AF
Aerospatiale SA.342L Gazelle (HN-45M) 1 ? current Sprska AF
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 1 2014 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska, Square of the Republic of Srpska 1, 78000 Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska.

Organisational Structure

There are no subordinate aviation units.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helicopters operate from the IKAR factory in the southern outskirts of Banja Luka.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Bosnia and Hercegovina Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Helicopter service of the RS
Medical Helicopter Presented

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

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