All-Time Aircraft Used List
Ukrainian Air Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero L-29 Delfin 192 1992 2005 Soviet AF
Aero L-39C Albatros 430 1992 current Soviet AF
Antonov An-2 ‘Colt’ 160 1992 2005 Soviet AF
Antonov An-12 ‘Cub A’ 54 1992 2005 Soviet AF
Antonov An-24 ‘Coke’ 13 1992 current Soviet AF
Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ 30 1992 current Soviet AF
Antonov An-30 ‘Clank’ 6 1994 2010 Soviet AF
Antonov An-70 2 1992 current Ukraine
Antonov An-72 ‘Coaler’ 4 1994 2010 Ukraine
Ilyushin Il-22 ‘Coot-B’ 2 1992 2005 Sovet AF
Ilyushin Il-62 ‘Classic’ 4 1992 1997 Soviet AF
Ilyushin Il-76MD ‘Candid=B’ 174 1992 current Soviet AF
Ilyushin Il-78 ‘Midas’ 18 1992 2005 Soviet AF
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-23 ‘Flogger’ 110 1992 1998 Soviet AF
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-23UB ‘Flogger’ 7 1992 1998 Soviet AF
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’ 80 1992 1998 Soviet AF
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-25R ‘Foxbat’ 15 1992 1998 Soviet AF
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-27 ‘Flogger’ 160 1992 1994 Soviet AF
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ 222 1992 current Soviet AF
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-29UB ‘Fulcrum-B’ 8 1992 current Soviet AF
Mil Mi-2 ‘Hoplite’ 130 1995 2010 Soviet AF
Mil Mi-6 ‘Hook’ 80 1994 1998 Soviet AF
Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ 186 1992 current Soviet AF
Mil Mi-9 ‘Hip-G’ 2 1992 current Soviet AF
Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ 10 1992 current Soviet AF
Mil Mi-26 ‘Halo’ 14 1992 1999 Soviet AF
PZL PZL-104 Wilga 15 1992 1995 Soviet AF
Sukhoi Su-15 ‘Flagon’ 57 1992 1995 Soviet AF
Sukhoi Su-17 ‘Fitter’ 41 1992 1998 Soviet AF
Sukhoi Su-24MR ‘Fencer-E’ 12 1992 current Soviet AF
Sukhoi Su-24M ‘Fencer-D’ 60 1992 current Soviet AF
Sukhoi Su-25 ‘Frogfoot-A’ 63 1992 current Soviet AF
Sukhoi Su-25UBK ‘Frogfoot-B’ 6 1992 current Soviet AF
Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker-B’ 65 1992 current Soviet AF
Sukhoi Su-27UB ‘Flanker-C’ 13 1992 current Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-16 ‘Badger’ 17 1992 1995 Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-22 ‘Blinder’ 39 1994 2005 Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-22M ‘Backfire’ 36 1994 2000 Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-22M3 ‘Backfire-C’ 14 1994 2000 Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear-H’ 25 1994 1998 Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-134 ‘Crusty’ 3 1992 current Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-142 ‘Bear’ 8 1992 1995 Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-154 ‘Careless’ 2 1992 1995 Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ 19 1992 1998 Soviet AF
Tupolev Tu-141 Strizh ? 1992 19?? Soviet AF
Yakovlev Yak-28 ‘Brewer’ 35 1992 1995 Soviet AF
Yakovlev Yak-52 128 1992 1995 Soviet AF
Yakovlev Yak-55 10 1992 1996 Soviet AF

Current Aircraft Inventory
Ukrainian Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aero L-39C Albatros 430 34 0 Trainer
Antonov An-24 ‘Coke’ 13 3 0 Transport/ELINT
Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ 50 21 0 Transport/ELINT
Antonov An-30 ‘Clank’ 6 2 0 Survey/Mapping
Antonov An-70 2 2 0 Transport
Ilyushin Il-76MD ‘Candid-B’ 174 20 0 Transport
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ 216 80 0 Fighter-Bomber
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-29UB ‘Fulcrum-B’ 8 3 0 Trainer
Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ 170 20 0 Utility
Mil Mi-9 ‘Hip-G’ 4 4 0 Command & Control
Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ 10 8 0 Utility
Sukhoi Su-24MR ‘Fencer-E’ 41 23 0 Reconnaissance
Sukhoi Su-24M ‘Fencer-D’ 166 36 0 Attack
Sukhoi Su-25 ‘Frogfoot-A’ 63 36 0 Attack
Sukhoi Su-25UBK ‘Frogfoot-B’ 6 6 0 Trainer
Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker-B’ 65 40 0 Fighter-Bomber
Sukhoi Su-27UB ‘Flanker-C’ 13 9 0 Trainer
Tupolev Tu-134 ‘Crusty’ 3 3 0 VIP Transport

Aircraft Not Used

by the Ukrainian Air Force

This page gives details of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Ukrainian Air Force, but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Antonov An-14 ‘Clod’
One An-14A was seen in Ukrainian Air Force colours in 2004, but this is a preserved example that never flew with the Air Force.

Antonov An-22 ‘Cock’
The two An-22s that operated in Ukraine were flown by Antonov Airlines.

Antonov An-28 ‘Cash’
The An-28s operated in Ukraine are civilian owned.

Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’
One An-32 was seen in Ukrainian colours in 1998, but this was not operated by the Air Force.

Antonov An-74 ‘Coaler-B’
Six An-74 have been reported in Ukrainian Air Force service, but these aircraft were actually MVD/Government operated.

Antonov An-124 ‘Condor’
The five An-124s that operate in Ukraine are flown by Antonov Airlines.

Ilyushin Il-28 ‘Beagle’
Two Il-28s are preserved in Ukraine, but these aircraft never flew with the Air Force.

Ilyushin Il-38 ‘May’
One Il-38 is preserved in Ukraine, but this aircraft never flew with the Air Force.

Ilyushin Il-62 ‘Classic’
The Il-62s that fly in Ukrainian colours are actually operated by the Government Aviation Unit.

LET L-410UVP Turbolet
The L-410 was never operated by the Ukrainian Air Force.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21bis ‘Fishbed-L/N’
The 302 MiG-21bis aircraft inherited from the Soviet Union were not put into Ukrainian Air Force service.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21MF/MiG-21SM ‘Fishbed-J’
The MiG-21MF and MiG-21SM aircraft inherited from the Soviet Union were not put into Ukrainian Air Force service.

Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21UM ‘Mongol’
The MiG-21UMs inherited from the Soviet Union were not put into Ukrainian Air Force service.

Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’
Wikipedia reports that the Ukrainian Air Force operates 45 Mi-24s of various variants for Attack/Transport. In fact these aircraft are operated by Ukrainian Army Aviation.

Sukhoi Su-7BM ‘Fitter’
The Su-7BMs inherited from the Soviet Union were not put into Ukrainian Air Force service.

Yakovlev Yak-18
Two Yak-18s are preserved in Ukraine, but these aircraft never flew with the Air Force.

Yakovlev Yak-52
Wikipedia reports that the Ukrainian Air Force operates 20 Yak-52Ms for training. In fact these aircraft are operated by the TSOU Military Sports Society.

Air Bases and Airfields

of the Ukrainian AIr Force

This page gives details of the air bases and airfields which have been or are used by the Ukrainian Air Force.

Location Name ICAO IATA Status
Starokostyantyniv Starokostyantyniv AB UKLS (none) Active
Zhytomyr Ozerne AB UKKO (none) Active
Kyiv Kyiv-Boryspil AB UKBB KBP Active
Melitopol Melitopol AB UA-0020 (none) Active
Vasylkiv Vasylkiv AB UKKW (none) Active
Ivano-Frankivsk Ivano-Frankivsk AB UKLI IFO Active
Kirovske Kirovske AB UA-0012 (none) Abandoned
Kharkiv Chuhuiv AB UKHW (none) Active
Sevastopol Belbek AB UKFB UKS Abandoned
Nikolayev Kulbakino AB ? (none) Active
Myrhorod Myrhorod AB (none) MXR Active
Vinnytsia Vinnytsia AB UKWW VIN Active
Lviv Lviv IAP UKLL LWO Active
Odesa Odesa AB UKOO (none) Active
Zaporzhia Zaporozhia East AB ? (none) Active

All-Time Units Listing

This page lists all the flying units of the Ukrainian Air Force, since its formation.

5th Air Army
14th Air Army
17th Air Army
24th Air Army

ex-Soviet units to be added

7th Tactical Aviation Brigade
9th Tactical Aviation Brigade
15th Transport Aviation Brigade
25th Transport Aviation Brigade
40th Tactical Aviation Brigade
114th Tactical Aviation Brigade
168th Test Flight Centre
203rd Training Aviation Brigade
204th Tactical Aviation Brigade
299th Tactical Aviation Brigade
456th Transport Aviation Brigade
831st Tactical Aviation Brigade

Historical Orders of Battle Listing

of the Ukrainian Air Force

This page lists the historical Orders of Battle for the Ukrainian Air Force.

Historical Order of Battle for 1992

Historical Order of Battle for 1996

Historical Order of Battle for 1999

Historical Order of Battle for 2003

Historical Order of Battle for 2007

Historical Order of Battle for 2010

Current Order of Battle

of the Ukrainian Air Force
Squadron Type Base
Air Command Centre
40th Tactical Aviation Brigade MiG-29/UB, L-39C Vasylkiv
831st Tactical Aviation Brigade Su-27/UB Myrhorod
25th Transport Aviation Brigade Il-76MD, Il-78 Melitopol
15th Transport Aviation Brigade An-26, An-30, Mi-8, Tu-134 Kyiv-Boryspil
456th Transport Aviation Brigade An-24, An-26, Mi-8 Havryshivka
CHARZ Aviation Repair Plant L-39C Chuhuiv
Aviakon Aviation Repair Plant ? Konotop
Storage Depot Su-24, L-39, MiG-23, MiG-29, Il-76 Bila Tserkva
Air Command West
114th Tactical Aviation Brigade MiG-29/UB Kolomyia
7th Tactical Aviation Brigade Su-24M/MR Starokostyantyniv
LDARZ Aviation Repair Plant MiG-21/23/27/29 Lviv
Air Command South
299th Tactical Aviation Brigade Su-25/UB, L-39C Kulbakyino
28th Independent Mixed Aviation Squadron Su-24M, Su-25, L-39C Kulbakyino
MARP Aviation Repair Plant ? Mykolaiv
562nd Aviation Repair Plant L-39, MiG-21/27/29, Mi-8, Su-17/22 Odesa
State Aviation Maintenance Il-76, Su-25 Zaporoshia East
Training Air Command
Kharkiv Aviation University Chuhuiv
203rd Training Aviation Brigade An-26, L-39C Chuhuiv
Joint Training Centre UAVs Chuhuiv

 

Historical Order of Battle for 2010

of the Ukrainian Air Force
Squadron Type Base
Air Command Centre
40th Tactical Aviation Brigade MiG-29/UB, L-39C Vasylkiv
831st Tactical Aviation Brigade Su-27/UB Myrhorod
9th Tactical Aviation Brigade MiG-29/UB Ozerne
25th Transport Aviation Brigade Il-76MD, Il-78 Melitopol
15th Transport Aviation Brigade An-26, An-30, Mi-8, Tu-134 Kyiv-Boryspil
456th Transport Aviation Brigade An-24, An-26, Mi-8 Havryshivka
CHARZ Aviation Repair Plant L-39C Chuhuiv
Aviakon Aviation Repair Plant ? Konotop
Storage Depot Su-24, L-39, MiG-23, MiG-29, Il-76 Bila Tserkva
Air Command West
114th Tactical Aviation Brigade MiG-29/UB Kolomyia
7th Tactical Aviation Brigade Su-24M/MR Starokostyantyniv
456th Assault Aviation Regiment Su-25 Chortkiv
LDARZ Aviation Repair Plant MiG-21/23/27/29 Lviv
Air Command South
299th Tactical Aviation Brigade Su-25/UB, L-39C Kulbakyino
28th Independent Mixed Aviation Squadron Su-24M, Su-25, L-39C Kulbakyino
204th Tactical Aviation Brigade MiG-29/UB Belbek, Crimea
168th Test Flight Centre various Kirovske, Crimea
MARP Aviation Repair Plant ? Mykolaiv
562nd Aviation Repair Plant L-39, MiG-21/27/29, Mi-8, Su-17/22 Odesa
State Aviation Maintenance Il-76, Su-25 Zaporoshia East
Training Air Command
Kharkiv Aviation University Chuhuiv
203rd Training Aviation Brigade An-26, L-39C Chuhuiv
Joint Training Centre UAVs Chuhuiv

 

National Markings
Ukrainian Air Force

of the Ukrainain Air Force

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


                     
                  Main Marking                                Fin Flash

1992 – present
The main marking is displayed above and below each wing on aircraft, and on the fuselage sides or tail fins of helicopters. The main marking is not normally displayed on the fuselage sides of fixed-wing aircraft. The fin flash is worn on the fin of fixed-wing aircraft, but not normally worn by helicopters. No service titles are carried.

 

Ukrainian Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

To be added.

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Key Dates

17 March 1992 Ukrainain Air Force officially established.
November 1999 Eleven Tu-160 & Tu-95 bombers start being returned to Russia.
26 February 2014 Russian Marines take control of key installations in Crimea.
18 March 2014 Ukrainian Crimea annexed by Russian Federation.

Current Status

Only a relatively small proportion of the Air Force aircraft inventory is fully operational. Many aircraft are in store or awaiting overhaul. Flying hours are barely sufficient to maintain crew proficiency.

Future Plans

In the immediate future, the Air Force needs to recover and restructure following the loss of key facilities in Crimea.

Markings

National Insignia

Ukrainian Air Force National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Serial numbers consist of a two-digit number, usually in red, blue or yellow, over the range 01 to 99.

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

Alphabetical OrderChronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ukrainian Air Force, Vinnytsia.

Organisational Structure

The Ukrainian Air Force currently comprises three Air Commands – East, Centre and South – each controlling a number of Aviation Brigades, plus a Training Air Command.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle Listing

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The fighter air base at Belbek, near Sevastopol in the Crimea, had to be abandoned in March 2014 after it was occupied by Russian Marines. See list below for other bases.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

A considerable number of air bases were inherited from the Soviet Air Force and Air Defence Force, but many were closed down in the 1990s to cut operating costs.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (David Willis)
European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Ian Carroll)
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Ian Carroll)

Magazines

Air Forces Monthly March 1994
Air Forces Monthly May 2014

Websites

wikipedia: Ukrainian Air Force

Ukrainian MoD Official Website

Overview: the Air Forces of Ukraine

Scramble: Ukraine Armed Forces

Airliners.net

Ukrainian Spotters Site

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.