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Police Aviation

Current Title: Vazduhoplovna Jedinica MUP-a Srbije
Title in English: Serbian Interior Ministry Air Wing
Abbreviation: VJ MUP

History

Narrative Summary:
The Serbian Police acquired its first helicopter, an AB47, in 1967. Operations were shared with the Belgrade City Police. Subsequently, a number of regional Police helicopter units were created throughout Serbia. At the end of the 1980s all Serbia police helicopters were brought under central control.

When riots broke out in Kosovo in 1989 and 1990, helicopters were used to break up the mass demonstrations by Serbs of Albanian descent. AB212s were used to transport special forces units to rebel strongholds.

In 2002 the Police helicopter squadron combined with JSO helicopter fleet to produce a combined police/security force air squadron. The Police Aviation unit reports to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. It is also referred to as the MUP Srbije i BIA - where BIA = Bezbednosno Informativna Agencija (Serbian Intelligence Agency).

Key Dates:
1 January 1967    Serbian Police Aviation Unit first established.
2002?    Police Aviation Unit combines with JSO helicopter fleet.

Current Status:
Serbian Police helicopters are primarily used by the Ministry of Internal Affairs for various tasks: VIP transport, transport of various cargo and special police units, border monitoring, SAR missions, medevac and traffic surveillance.

Future Plans:
Nothing known.

Markings

National Insignia:
The national flag is carried as a fin flash. The helicopters carry MILICIJA ? service titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
All police aircraft carry civilian registrations in the YU-Hxx series.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Role Origin
Agusta-Bell AB.212 4 3 Policing Italy/JSO
Bell 206B JetRanger III 8 6 Policing USA/Fed. Police
Bell 206L LongRanger III 4 2 Policing Fed. Police/JSO
Mil Mi-17 2 2 Transport JSO
Sikorsky S-76B 1 1 VVIP Transport JSO
Sud Aviation SA.341 Gazelle 10 7? Policing France/JSO
Sud Aviation SA.342L Gazelle 3 3 Policing JSO

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale SA.365N Dauphin 2 2 ? 2004 France
Agusta-Bell AB.47J-2A 1 1967 ? Italy
Agusta-Bell AB.206A JetRanger I 3? early 1970s late 1980s Italy
Agusta-Bell AB.206B JetRanger II 1? 1976 late 1980s Italy
Agusta-Bell AB.212 4 1979? current Italy/JSO
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III 8 1991 current USA/Fed. Police
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II 4 1992? current Fed. Police/JSO
Mil Mi-17 Hip 2 2002 current JSO
Mil Mi-24V Hind 2 2002 2003 JSO
Sikorsky S-76B 1 2002 current JSO
Sud Aviation SA.341 Gazelle 10 1977? late 1980s France/JSO
Sud Aviation SA.342L Gazelle 3 2002 current JSO

Aircraft NOT Used:
Not applicable.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
Belgrade.

Current Organisational Structure:
All aircraft are based at Belgrade (Beograd-Surcin) International Airport.

Current Order of Battle:
Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle:
During the 1980s Serbian Police helicopter units were established in the autonomous provinces of Vojvodina and Kosovo. Regional police units in Kraljevo, Smederevo, Kragujevac and Zajecar were also equipped with their own helicopters.
At the end of the 1980s the organisation of all the Serbian Police helicopters was rationalised to bring them under the control the 135. helikopterska eskadrilache at Belgrade Airport.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
All aircraft are based at Belgrade (Beograd-Surcin) International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
See above.

More Information

Books:

None known.

Magazines:

  • International Air Power Review Vol.9 (Summer 2003) pp90-91

    Websites:

  • Ex Yu Airforces


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    First Created: 25 September 2005 - Last Revised: 11 October 2005
    Copyright 2005 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk