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Eastern Order of Battle

Soviet Belorussian Military District's
Tactical Air Force in January 1, 1983

In 1980 the 26th Tactical Air Army command was reorganized. Instead of this the Belorussian Military District's Air Forceís Command was formed.

In the early eighties the 26th Air Army went to war again. Between 1983 and 1984, three MiG-21 squadrons fought in Afghanistan.

Two of the 927th Fighter Air Regiment's MiG-21 Fishbed squadrons moved to Sindand and Bagram Airport, while the staff of the 10th Independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's second squadron moved to Bagram airport.

In the early eighties, the 968th Fighter Air Regiment started preparing for the arrival of the MiG-29 Fulcrums.

Soviet Belorussian Military District's Air Force order of battle in 1983

* Several sources state itís MiG-21bis Fishbed-L

** They receive the first few MiG-29 Fulcrum in 1983

979th Fighter Air Regiment's pilots in 1979


Soviet Belorussian Military District's Air Force order of battle in 1983 Soviet Belorussian Military District's Air Force  order of battle map
Soviet Belorussian Military District's Air Force order of battle in 1983

             * The exact sub-variants used aren't known

The 1st Guard Fighter Bomber Aviation Division replaced the old Su-7 Fitters in the early eighties. The 911st and 940th regiments received MiG-27s. From 3rd regiment (Poland) and 236th regiment (Carpathian MD) they received used MiG-27 Flogger-D bombers between 1981 and 1982. Two new squadrons of MiG-27K Flogger-J2 and a few MiG-27M Flogger-J version also came from the factories in 1982. The former was an extremely modern type at the beginning of the eighties!

One of the 1st Guard Fighter Bomber Air Division's two young regiments, the 306th became a tactical bomber regiment. It received old and used, but long-range Su-24 Fencer-A bombers between 1982 and 1983. The 305th regiment continued to use the very old Su-7 Fitter-A bombers.


The last Soviet Su-7 Fitter fighter bomber unit.


10th independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment at Shchuchin. Photo: Sergey Kirilova

In the meantime, the old 953rd Bomber Air Regiments joined the newly formed 24th Air Army in 1980.



305th Fighter-Bomber Air Regiment old Su-7BMK Fitter-A in 1984

At the end of the seventies, a very interesting type exchange happened at the 10th independent Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment. In 1978 the high-speed MiG-25RB Foxbat reconnaissance aircraft arrived at Shchuchin. But it didn't replace the same task type MiG-21R Fishbed-H, but the big Yak-28R Brewer-D. This was the other way around than at the rest of the Soviet Air Army.

10th Reconnaissance Air Regimentís life in color


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