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The Russian Aerospace Forces[2] or VKS (Russian: Воздушно-космические силы, tr. Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily) are the Aerospace Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. It was established as a new armed force on the 1 August 2015 with the merging of the Russian Air Force (VVS) and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces (VKO) under the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence. It is headquartered in Moscow.[3] Several reasons were announced for the merger, including greater efficiency and logistical support.[4]

Organisation

Sub-branches

According to Jane's Information Group, with the merger of the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, the new Russian Aerospace Forces consist of three sub-branches:[5]

Leadership

Commander of the Aerospace Forces:

First Deputy Commander of the Aerospace Forces:

  • Lieutenant General Pavel Kurachenko (1 September 2015 – )[5]

Deputy Commanders of the Aerospace Forces:

  • Lieutenant General Sergei Dronov (1 September 2015 – )
  • Lieutenant General Andrei Yudin (1 September 2015 – )
  • Lieutenant General Viktor Gumyonny (1 September 2015 – )
  • Lieutenant General Aleksandr Golovko (1 September 2015 – )[5]
  • Major General Andrei Kazakevich (unknown start date)

See also

References

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