Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN)

Aviation Units of the RVSN

General Notes:

Each regiment usually had three squadrons.

Mixed Aviation means that both helicopters and transport/liaison aircraft are present.

A squadron would normally control 12 aircraft/helicopters, while a aviation component would control about 6 aircraft/helicopters.

Helicopters used: Mi-1 and Mi-4 (1960's), Mi-2 and Mi-8 (1970's to present). Mi-6, Mi-9, Mi-17 and some Mi-24 variants were rarely used. Each helicopter squadron attached to a RSD-10 Pioner (SS-20) missile division would also have 2 Mi-9 (VZPU) as air control posts.

Aircraft used: An-2, An-24, An-26, An-12, Il-14 and Li-2. Special aircraft were also used - for example, the 99th independent Mixed Aviation Regiment took delivery of two Il-18SIP in 1975 and two Il-20RT in 1976.

On 20.12.78 the first air control center became operational in the RVSN, at Chita under the 53rd Missile Army, using a special Il-22 aircraft. This was followed by similar centers under the 33rd Guards Missile Army (1980), and the 43rd & 50th Missile Armies (1984).

99th independent Mixed Aviation Regiment

Activated late 1955 in Leninsk (Baikonur), Kzyl-Orda Oblast, as the 6th independent Aviation Component, under the 5th NIIP.

June 1957 renamed 286th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron, and 17.3.60 99th independent Mixed Aviation Regiment.

In 1982 detached from the RVSN, and came under the General Directorate for Space Vehicles (GUKOS) of the Ministry of Defence.

158th independent Mixed Aviation Regiment

Activated 1954 in Vladimirovka (Kapustin Yar), Astrakhan Oblast, as the 19th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron, under the 4th GTSP.

2.11.59 renamed 158th independent Mixed Aviation Regiment.

15th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron

Activated 9.60 in Kalinovka (Vinnitsa), Vinnitsa Oblast, under the 43rd Missile Army.

Disbanded 1996.

44th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron

Activated 10.60 in Smolensk, Smolensk Oblast, under the 50th Missile Army.

Disbanded 1990.

98th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron

Activated 3.61 in Vladimir, Vladimir Oblast, as the 4th independent Aviation Component, under the 3rd independent Guards Missile Corps.

13.4.70 renamed 98th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron, and from 8.6.70 under the 27th Guards Missile Army.

102nd independent Mixed Aviation Squadron

Activated 1.6.65 in Orenburg, Orenburg Oblast, as the 6th independent Aviation Component, under the 18th independent Missile Corps.

13.4.70 renamed 102nd independent Mixed Aviation Squadron, and from 8.6.70 under the 31st Missile Army.

Disbanded 1993.

105th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron

Activated 3.61 in Omsk, Omsk Oblast, as the 00 independent Aviation Component, under the 7th independent Guards Missile Corps.

13.4.70 renamed 105th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron, and from 8.6.70 under the 33rd Guards Missile Army.

137th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron

Activated 3.61 in Chita, Chita Oblast, from the 00 independent Aviation Component, under the 8th independent Missile Corps, and from 6.70 the 53rd Missile Army.

1.7.75 renamed 137th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron. Disbanded 30.4.98.

211th independent Experimental Test Squadron

Activated 1961 in Gorelovs (Leningrad), Leningrad Oblast, under the Leningrad Military Engineering Air Academy im. A.F. Mozhayskiy.

June 1975 absorbed by the 17th independent Mixed Aviation Regiment in Plesetsk.

329th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron

Activated July 2002 in Klyuchi, Kamchatka Kray, under the 43rd ONIS.

349th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron

Activated 15.2.84 in Smolensk, Smolensk Oblast, from parts of the 44th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron, under the Main Staff RVSN.

1985 relocated to Ermolino (Balabanovo), Kaluga Oblast.

3rd independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1.11.64 at Aleysk, Altai Kray, under the 41st Guards Missile Division.

Disbanded 12.02.

10th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 24.7.64 at Tatischevo, Saratov Oblast, under the 60th Missile Division.

31st independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1968 in Kostroma, Kostroma Oblast, under the 10th Guards Missile Division.

Disbanded 1997

38th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 22.4.68 in Kozelsk, Kaluga Oblast, under the 28th Guards Missile Division.

52nd independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 12.66 in Svobodnyy, Amur Oblast, under the 27th Missile Division.

1993 transferred to the Military Space Forces (VKS), and is later disbanded.

54th independent Helicopter Squadron

From 1998 attached to the 4th GTSP, and based at Balkhash, Kazakhstan.

60th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 24.3.69 in Teykovo, Ivanovo Oblast, under the 54th Guards Missile Division.

68th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 5.66 in Uzhur, Krasnoyarsk Kray, under the 62nd Missile Division.

80th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 22.7.66 in Kartaly, Chelyabinsk Oblast, under the 59th Missile Division.

Disbanded 12.02.

84th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 12.64 in Dombarovskiy (Yasnaya), Orenburg Oblast, under the 13th Missile Division.

107th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 12.64 in Pervomaisk, Luhansk Oblast, under the 46th Missile Division.

Disbanded 1997.

108th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 5.11.70 in Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El Republic, under the 14th Missile Division.

109th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1970 in Khmelnitskiy, Khmelnitskiy Oblast, under the 19th Missile Division.

Disbanded 1997.

137th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 12.64 in Gornyy (Drovyanaya), Chita Oblast, under the 4th Missile Division.

1.5.98 renamed 137th independent Mixed Aviation Squadron, and relocated to Chita. Chita Oblast.

139th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 12.64 in Olovyannaya (Yasnaya), Chita Oblast, under the 47th Missile Division.

Disbanded 1991.

140th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 3.9.64 in settlement "13 Bortsov" (Krasnoyarsk), Krasnoyarsk Kray, under the 36th Guards Missile Division.

Disbanded 1997.

159th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 27.3.74 in Bershet, Perm Oblast, under the 52nd Missile Division.

Disbanded 2002.

185th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 5.11.89 in Gornyy (Drovyanaya), Chita Oblast, under the 29th Guards Missile Division.

16.7.93 relocated to Irkutsk-78, Irkutsk Oblast. Disbanded 12.02.

207th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 7.7.77 in Pashino, Novosibirsk Oblast, under the 39th Guards Missile Division.

212th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1975 in Mozyr, Gomel Oblast, under the 33rd Guards Missile Division.

Disbanded 1997.

224th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 10.8.79 in Yurya, Kirov Oblast, under the 8th Missile Division.

From 1993 attached to the 31st Missile Army.

225th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 4.79 in Nizhniy Tagil, Sverdlovsk Oblast, under the 42nd Missile Division.

261st independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 5.4.83 in settlement "13 Bortsov" (Krasnoyarsk), Krasnoyarsk Kray, under the 23rd Guards Missile Division.

1986 relocated to Kansk-15, Krasnoyarsk Kray. Disbanded 12.02.

306th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1981 in Romny, Sumy Oblast, under the 43rd Guards Missile Division.

Disbanded 12.92.

308th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1981 in Lutsk, Volyn Oblast, under the 37th Guards Missile Division.

Disbanded 12.93.

337th independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 11.9.82 in Barnaul, Altaiskiy Kray, under the 35th Missile Division.

Disbanded 12.93.

00 independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 12.64 in Derzhavinsk, Turgay Oblast, under the 38th Missile Division.

Disbanded 1996.

00 independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 10.64 in Zhangiz-Tobe, Semipalatinsk Oblast, under the 57th Missile Division.

Disbanded 1995.

000 independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 10.4.68 in Vypolzovo (Bologoye-4), Tver Oblast, under the 7th Guards Missile Division.

From 1995 attached to the 27th Guards Missile Army. Disbanded 1997.

000 independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1977 in Postavy, Vitebsk Oblast, under the 32nd Missile Division.

Disbanded 1993.

000 independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1980 in Lida, Grodno Oblast, under the 49th Guards Missile Division.

Disbanded 1997.

000 independent Helicopter Squadron

Activated 1986 in Belokorovichi, Zhitomir Oblast, under the 50th Missile Division.

Disbanded 1991.

00 independent Aviation Component

Activated 3.61 in Kirov, Kirov Oblast, under the 5th independent Missile Corps.

Disbanded 6.70.

00 independent Aviation Component

Activated 3.61 in Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Kray, under the 9th independent Missile Corps.

Disbanded 6.70.

00 independent Aviation Component

Activated 6.65 in Dzhambul, Dzhambul Oblast, under the 24th independent Missile Corps.

Disbanded 6.70.