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Georgian_Air_Force

Georgian Air Force

The Georgian Air Force is the air arm of the Georgian Armed Forces. Currently, it has 1,813 military and civilian personnel, up to 22 fixed wing aircraft (Su-25KM/UB, L-39, Yak-52,) and 11 helicopters of different type (Mi-24, Mi-8, UH-1H, Mi-2) and 380 air defense missiles of the "surface-to-air' class. The Air Force was founded in 1991 in the wake of the break-up of the Soviet Union. In 1995 the Air Force had around 1,000 personnel and since that time it has had relatively modest growth compared to the Georgian Army which has had greater investment.

Mission and objectives

The Georgian Air Force has the following objectives:

  • To control and defend the air space of Georgia.
  • To conduct air intelligence and surveillance.
  • To provide support to the the other braches of the Armed Forces.
  • To conduct air evacuation and search and rescue operations.
  • To conduct air movement of personnel and military cargo transportation.

Structure

The Georgian Air Forces is controlled by a headquarters staff and is divided into two function elements of Aviation and Air Defence. Since 15 September 2008 the commander of the Air Force has been Colonel Zurab Pochkhua.

The two major airfields are located near Tbilisi at Alekseevka and Marneuli. The Georgian Air Force is currently undergoing a process of modernization with the help of Georgia’s NATO partners, specifically the United States and Turkey.

Aircraft Inventory

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Su-25UB || 8
1 || |- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | Transport and Liaison Aircraft |----- | Antonov An-2 Colt ||
|| utility || An-2 || 5 || built by PZL |----- | Antonov An-24 Coke || || tactical transport || An-24 || 1 || |----- | Antonov An-32 Cline || || tactical transport || An-32 || 1 || |---- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | Trainer Aircraft |----- | Aero L-39 Albatros || || trainer || L-39 || 6 || |- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | Attack Helicopters |----- | Mil Mi-24 Hind || || attack helicopter || Mi-24V
Mi-24P || 8 || |---- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | Transport and Utility Helicopters |----- | Bell UH-1H Iroquois || || utility helicopter || UH-1H || 8 || |----- | Mil Mi-2 Hoplite || || utility helicopter || Mi-2 || 7 || built by PZL |----- | Mil Mi-8 Hip || || transport helicopter || Mi-8T
Mi-8MTV-1 || 18 || |- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | UAV |----- | Elbit Hermes 450 || || unmanned aerial vehicle || Hermes 450 || ?? || |}

Equipment

Aircraft

Air Defence

missiles

Gallery

See also

References

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