Air Force becomes an integrated new Aerospace Force

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Russia’s Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu announced the establishment in early August of a new wing of the Russian Armed Forces: the Aerospace Forces (or VKS for Vozdushno-Kosmicheskie Sily). This will comprise three segments; the Air Force, air-missile defence and the Space Troops. Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev has been appointed commander-in-chief of the new force.

Shoigu said the central command of the Aerospace Forces would provide the centralized battle management of aviation, missile and air defences, and the launch and control of spacecraft of Russia’s orbital group, the systems of missile warning and space control.

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