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]

Republika Srpska Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Narrative history of the Republika Srpska Air Force

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

Republika Srpska military aircraft still carry their former Yugoslav Air Force (JRV) serial numbers, e.g. G-4 Super Galeb 23725. Aircraft obtained from civilian sources carry a five-digit numerical serial in the sequence 50xxx, presented in the same style as the JRV serials, e.g. Cessna 172 51103.

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 – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

To be added.

Organisational Structure

The V i PVO VRS comprised the 1st Air Force Regiment of the Army.

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 1999
Order of Battle for 2004
Order of Battle for 2005
Order of Battle for 2006

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases at Banja Luka and Zaluzani, 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

wikipedia: Republika Srpska Air Force

Airliners.net

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

National Markings
Republika Srpska Air Force

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



      
Main MarkingFin Flash

1992-2006
Two variations of the main marking are used simultaneously by the Republika Srpska Air Force. This design appears to be mainly used by helicopters. It is displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters, with the national flag on the fin. No service titles are carried.



      
Main MarkingFin Flash

1992-2006
Two variations of the main marking are used simultaneously by the Republika Srpska Air Force. This design appears to be mainly used by fixed-wing aircraft. It is displayed on the fuselage sides, and above and below each wing, with the national flag on the fin. No service titles are carried.

Historical Order of Battle 2005
Republika Srpska Air Force

Unit Type Base
1 Puk Vazduhoplovstvo i Protivvazdusne Odbrane
1 lbae Fixed Wing Types Laktasi Air Base, Banja Luka
2 mhe Helicopters Zaluzani Heliport, Banja Luka
2 mhe det. Helicopters Bijeljina
2 mhe det. Helicopters Han Pijesak

 

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Republika Srpska Air Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA.341H Gazelle 10 1992 2006 ex-JRV
Aerospatiale SA.342L Gazelle 16 1992 2006 ex-JRV
Antonov An-2 Colt 1+ 1992 2001+ ?
Cessna FR.172J 2 1992 2004 local ex-civil
Cessna 182 Skylane 1 1992 1995 local ex-civil
Mil Mi-8 Hip 12 1999 2006 ex-JRV
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub 2 1993 2004 local ex-civil
PZL PZL-104 Wilga 1 1992 2003 local ex-civil
Soko G-4 Super Galeb 3 1992 2006 ex-JRV
Soko J-20 Kraguj 3 1992 1995+ ex-JRV
Soko J-21 Jastreb 14 1992 2006 ex-JRV
Soko J-22 Orao 9 1992 2006 ex-JRV
UTVA-60 1+ 1992 1995+ ex-JRV
UTVA-66 2+ 1992 2004 ex-JRV
UTVA-75 6 1992 2006 ex-JRV
Zlin 526 1 1992 1995+ local ex-civil

Additional information is welcome

Narrative History
Republika Srpska Air Force

The Republika Srpska air arm was assembled from aircraft and personnel left behind by the old Yugoslav Air Force, following the disintegration of the Federal Republic, and also others supplied by the Serbian Government. Under the 1995 Dayton peace accord it is allowed to have 21 combat aircraft and 7 attack helicopters.

[To be rewritten]

Key Dates
Republika Srpska Air Force

9 January 1992    Independent state of Republika Srpska declared
27 May 1992    Bosnian Serb Air Force officially established
1992-1995    Combat and Medvac operations during civil war
December 1995    No-fly Zone over Bosnia enforced
March 1996    Air Force re-organised
1 June 2004    Air Force downgraded to regiment status
1 January 2006    Integration with Bosniak air arm commenced
18 September 2007    Joint Bosnian Air Force and Air Defence created

Bosnia and Herzegovina Police Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Policija Republike Bosne i Hercegovine was first formed in April 1992, from Yugoslav Police units on Bosnian territory. Two Yugoslav Bell helicopters in Bosnia defected to Serbia around the same time, leaving the service with no aviation unit. In 1996 the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMUP) was created to administer police operations in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina area. Policing in the Republika Srpska came under the Ministry of Interior of Republika Srpska (MUP RS), which had already been established in 1992.


In 2002 a Bell 206 JetRanger was obtained from the USA to restart the Police Aviation Unit.

Key Dates

April 1992 Policija Republike Bosne i Hercegovine formed.
1996 Federal Ministry of Interior formed.
2002 First helicopter delivered.

Current Status

The Police air unit is used primarily for law-enforcement, patrol and search missions.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia


Fin Flash
The national flag is carried as a fin flash. Helicopters carry the service title POLICIJA.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Bosnian police helicopters carry civil registrations, e.g. T9-AHA.

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
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 1 1 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 1 2002 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

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

Organisation

Main Headquarters

To be added.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters are operated by the Police Air Unit.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helicopter is based at Sarajevo 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

airliners.net

 

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

 

Helicopter Service of the Republic of Srpska

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.