Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

From 1 January 2006 the armed forces of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the Republika Srpska began a unification process to establish a single national Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (OSBiH). The was declared to have been achieved on 1 December 2006. Unification of the command and control system took a little longer, but on 18 September 2007 the Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence Brigade of the OSBiH became operational.

Key Dates

1 January 2006 Start of unification process for FBiH and RS armed forces.
1 December 2006 Unified Armed Forces established.
18 September 2007 Bosnian Air Force command operational.

Current Status

The Air Force is fully operational.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Bosnia and Herzegovina military aircraft carry serial numbers with the prefix A- and a four-digit number, e.g. UH-1H A-2622.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

Some sources refer to the Mi-8MTV-1 by its export designation Mi-17-1V. The latter is technically correct.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka or Sarajevo?

Organisational Structure

The air force is organised into five Squadrons, but only the three helicopter units are active.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle for 2006
Historical Order of Battle for 2010

All-Time Flying Units List

1st Helicopter Squadron
2nd Helicopter Squadron
3rd Helicopter Squadron
1st Fighter-Bomber Squadron
2nd Training Squadron

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helicopters are based at Sarajevo Airport, Banja Luka Airport and Tuzla Airport.

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

Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Scramble: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Milavia
Airliners.net

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

National Markings
Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force since its formation:




   Fin Flash

2006-present
The national flag is carried as a horizontal fin flash. Aircraft to not carry service titles.

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle 2 2006 current ViPVO VRS
Aerospatiale SA.342L Gazelle 7 2006 current ViPVO VRS
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 14 2006 current VFBiH
Bell UH-1V Iroquois 2 2006 current VFBiH
Mil Mi-8T Hip C 2 2006 current VFBiH/ViPVO VRS
Mil Mi-8MTV-1 Hip 8 2006 current VFBiH/ViPVO VRS

Additional information is welcome

Current Aircraft Inventory
Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale SA341H Gazelle (HO-42) 2 2 0 Utility
Aerospatiale SA342L Gazelle (HN-45M) 7 7 0 Utility
Bell UH-1H 14 5 0 Transport
Bell UH-1V 2 1 0 Transport
Mil Mi-8T 2 2 0 Transport
Mil Mi-8MTV 8 4 0 Transport

 

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.