Kyrgyz Air Force

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Kyrgyz Air Force
Roundel of Kyrgyzstan.svg
Kyrgyzstan roundel
ActiveMay 29, 1992[1]
Country Kyrgyzstan
TypeAir Force
RoleAerial warfare
Garrison/HQBishkek
Commanders
Commander in ChiefSooronbai Jeenbekov
Head of the Air ForceKylychbek Aidaraliev
Aircraft flown
HelicopterMi-8
Mil Mi-24
TrainerAero L-39

The Kyrgyz Air Force is the official air force of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Its current commander is Kylychbek Aidaraliev.[2] The official holiday of the air forces is Aviation Day on August 18.[3]

A Kyrgyz Air Force MIG-23

History[edit]

In 2006 Kyrgyzstan’s air force had one fighter regiment, one composite aviation regiment, and one helicopter regiment. A large number of the MiG-21 interceptors borrowed from Russia were returned in 1993.[4] In 1996 about 100 decommissioned MiG-21s remained in Kyrgyzstan, with 96 L-39 trainers and sixty-five helicopters. The air defense forces have received aid from Russia, which also has an air base (Kant (air base)) in the country.[5] 2017, Aviation equipment such as the An-26 was transferred to the Kyrgyz Air Force.[6]

Aircraft[edit]

Current inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Helicopters
Mil Mi-8 Russia utility 4[7]
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack 2[7]
Trainer Aircraft
Aero L-39 Czech Republic trainer 3 sold surplus units to Lithuania[8]

Retired Inventory: Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23, Tupolev Tu-134.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "As it turns out, May 29th marks the anniversary of the creation of the Kyrgyz Military". Archived from the original on 2017-08-06.
  2. ^ MOKRENKO, by Anastasia (2017-01-25). "Kylychbek Aidaraliev appointed Commander of Air Defense Forces of Kyrgyzstan". 24.kg (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  3. ^ КАБАР, КНИА. "Bishkek celebrates the Aviation Day of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic". Archived from the original on 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  4. ^ Buyers, Lydia M. (2003). Central Asia in Focus: Political and Economic Issues. Nova Publishers. ISBN 9781590331538.
  5. ^ Hays, Jeffrey. "MILITARY IN KYRGYZSTAN: WEAPONS, TROOPS, POLICY | Facts and Details". factsanddetails.com. Archived from the original on 2017-09-16. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  6. ^ "Kyrgyzstan receives Russian aircrafts [sic]". AzerNews.az. 2017-08-10. Archived from the original on 2017-09-16. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  7. ^ a b "World Air Forces 2018". Flightglobal Insight. 2018. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ "World Air Forces 1998 pg. 74". flightglobal.com. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.