The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the establishment of a new composite aviation division in the Central Military District (CMD), Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye (Independent Military Review, NVO) reported on 23 October. NVO’s MoD sources claim it will be Russia’s ‘most powerful’ air division.
The 21st Composite Aviation Division will combine existing units into a larger formation with higher level command and control for missions in the ‘southern and southeastern operational-strategic directions’. NVO concludes the new division could reflect greater Russian concern with threats in Central Asia and China. To cover more distant targets, however, its aircraft would have to redeploy to airfields further east or west.
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