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Czech Republic
Air Force

Current Title: Letecka slozka Spolecnych Sil Armady Ceske Republiky
Title in English: (Air Component of Joint Forces of the Czech Republic Army)
Abbreviation: LS


Narrative Summary:
Narrative history of the Czech Air Force

Key Dates:
Czech Air Force Chronology

Current Status:
To be added

Future Plans:
After the delivery of the Gripens, a further 14-24 new fighters may also be required, to be in service by 2009.
47 Surplus L-159As will be sold.
Four L-159T two-seaters have been ordered, converted from surplus L-159As.
The Mi-24s and Mi-17s will be upgraded.
Replace Tu-154 with a new Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 airliner.
Replace Yak-40 with 2 Bombardier Challenger business jets.
Retire An-24 and replace An-26 with new tactical transport, possibly in co-operation with Slovakia - candidates include An-74, C-27J, C-130J and C-295.
Obtain 16 new Mi-171S from Russia in 2008-2009 to replace the older Mi-17s.
Replace Mi-8 with new medium transport helicopter, such as EH101, NH90, AS532S, S-92.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

Czech military aircraft carry four-digit numerical serials which are usually based on the construction number of the individual airframe, e.g. L-159A 6022 has c/n 156022.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
Aircraft Designation System (1945-1958)

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
Ministry of Defence, Tychonova 1, 16100 Praha 6-Stresovice.

Current Organisational Structure:
The air force is organised into four Air Bases (acting as Air Wings), each comprising two or three squadrons, plus a training centre in Pardubice and a SAR Centre.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
List of Historical Orders of Battle - to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main air bases are now Cáslav, Námest Nad Oslavou, Prerov, Plzen-Line, Pardubice, Praha-Kbely and Praha-Ruzyne Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
In addition to the main bases, here are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

More Information


Czech Military Aviation Bibliography - to be added.


Air Forces Monthly May 2004
Letectvi a kosmonautika - 4/2004


Czech Ministry of Defence

wikipedia: Czech Air Force

Air-Britain Photos: Czech Air Force

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