Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Operator Profile


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.


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 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.


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


Bosnia and Hercegovina Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


Ministry of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Scramble: Bosnia and Herzegovina


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

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