Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Narrative history of the VFBiH

Key Dates

Historical Chronology

Current Status

The Air Force was merged into the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Bosnia and Herzegovina military aircraft initially carried either their previous JRV serial number or a civil registration in the T9-xxx sequence. In late 1998 a new numbering system was introduced, with the prefix VF- and a four-digit number, e.g. Mi-8T VF-3812.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Sarajevo.

Organisational Structure

The air force was organised into four Air Base units, but only two of these were active.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Order of Battle for 1992
Order of Battle for 1995
Order of Battle for 1996
Order of Battle for 2001
Order of Battle for 2005

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main air bases were Sarajevo-Rajlovac, Mostar, Bihac and Tulza. In addition to these, a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country were sometimes used by the Air Force.

More Information

Books

Bosnia and Hercegovina Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official Ministry of Defence webpage

wikipedia: Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Airliners.net

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Historical Order of Battle for 2001

of the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina


Unit Type Base
1st Air Base helicopters Rajlovac-Sarajevo
2nd Air Base helicopters Mostar
3rd Air Base (inactive) Bihac
4th Air Base (inactive) Tuzla

 

Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aircraft Not Used

by the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Bellanca Citabria
1+ reportedly used in 1993 – not actually used.

Mil Mi-24 Hind
5 reportedly ordered in 1998 – none delivered.

Soko J-21 Jastreb
Some reported in use in 1992-95. None actually used.

Soko J-22 Orao
Some reported in use in 1992-95. None actually used.

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Antonov An-2 Colt 1 1992 1995 local ex-civil
Aviasud AE-209 Albatross 1+ 1993? 2002+ ?
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 14 1996 2006 US Army
Bell UH-1V Iroquois 2 1996 2006 US Army
CASA C.212 Aviocar 1 1992 1995 France ex-civil
Mil Mi-8T Hip C 12 1992 2004 (various)
Mil Mi-8MTV-1 Hip 4 1995 2004 Russia
Mil Mi-34 Hermit 1 1998 2006 Russia
Piper PA-18 Super Cub 1 1993 1995 local ex-civil
Soko G-2 Galeb 1 1992 1997 ex-JRV
UTVA-66 2 1992 1997+ ex-JRV
UTVA-75 6 1992 1998 ex-JRV
Zlin 526 1 1995 1995 local ex-civil

Additional information is welcome

National Markings
Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina since its formation:




   Fin Flash

1992-1998
The original Bosniak national flag was carried as a fin flash. On helicopters the top edge of the fin flash is parallel to the leading edge of the fin. Aircraft did not carry service titles.




   Fin Flash

1998-2006
In 1998 the national flag was changed to it’s present form. It is carried as a fin flash. On helicopters the top edge of the fin flash is parallel to the leading edge of the fin. Aircraft to not carry service titles.

Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Key Dates

of the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
1992    Bosniak Army Air Wing established
December 1995    No-fly Zone over Bosnia enforced
May 1996    Air Force re-established
1 January 2006    Integration with Bosnian Serb air arm commenced

Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Narrative History

of the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

An Army air wing was first formed in 1992, with the a few helicopters and light aircraft. Operations were suspended in December 1995, when NATO enforced a ban on all air activity by the former warring factions. By May 1996 the peace process was well under way and flying resumed.

[To be rewritten]