Accession Number : ADA322402

Title :   Russia's Air Force. An Institution in Painful Transition.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

PDF Url : ADA322402

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 2

Abstract : Since the end of the cold war and the breakup of the USSR, it has become increasingly possible to study Russian air power much as one would study military aviation in other countries. Russian defense literature now provides extensive factual reportage on defense matters, and Russia's military leaders have shown a new willingness to engage in dialogue with Western defense experts. While Russia is by no means an open book on defense- related subjects, researchers have been able to obtain an unprecedented level of information about the Russian air force (Voenno-vozdushniye siiy, or VVS) as it prepares itself for the 21st century. A recent RAND study examines the major challenges facing Russia's air force leadership during this post- Soviet era of transition. Exploring VVS reorganization, force development, operations and training, roles and missions, and its combat test in Chechnya, the study depicts a beleaguered institution that has lost much effectiveness and prestige. The author believes that the VVS's commander in chief, General Peter S. Deinekin, and his key deputies understand its problems and are working hard to correct them. He concludes, however, that the fate of the VVS will be determined by economic and political factors that lie almost completely beyond the military leadership's control.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *MILITARY MODERNIZATION, *AIR FORCE PLANNING, POLITICAL SCIENCE, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, ECONOMICS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, DOCUMENTS, RUSSIA, TRANSITIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, AIR POWER, LIMITED WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE