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Command StructureEdit

The Imperial Byzantine Air Force is organized into 6 commands: Air Operations Command, Air Defence Command, Air Logistics Command, Air Reconnaissance Command, Strategic Bombing Command and Training Command.

The roles of the 6 commands are:

  • Air Operations Command is charged with conducting Air Operations with Byzantine Air Space and outside in support of the Army or conducting far off strikes. As such, the aircraft under Air Operations Command are multi-role aircraft.
  • Air Defence Command is charged with defending Byzantine Air Space and also against bomber attacks from foreign aggressors. As such, Air Defence Command operates vast numbers of interceptors for the expressed purpose of intercepting bombers.
  • Air Logistics Command is charged with ensuring all squadrons and units are well supplied, and also facilitates expeditionary operations, providing the air tankers and air transports to supply the air wings. Air Logistics Command is also responsible for the maintenance and logistics in Air Force bases.
  • Strategic Bombing Command is charged with operating the Empire's bombers to launch long range strikes against aggressors. They may be called upon to coordinate with the navy in conducting maritime strikes.
  • Training Command is responsible with formulating doctrine, as well as training a new generation of recruits for the Air Force.

Squadron Organisation Edit

In general, a flight consists of 4 aircraft. A squadron consists of 4 flights of aircraft. 1 air regiment consists of 3 squadrons. Each Air Regiment has its own air operations group and air logistics group. Note that only new squadrons will have 4 flights. Existing squadrons are likely to have only 3 flights but all future squadrons will consist of 16 aircraft in total.

Air Force Organisation Edit

Imperial Byzantine Air Force Air Operations Command / Air Defence Command

Aircraft Classification Current Numbers Projected Numbers Squadron Organisation Comments
F-22B Multi-role Fighter 72 0 6 Squadrons (12 fighters each) To be replaced with CF-01. To be Scrapped.
CF-01 Multi-role Fighter 128 128 8 Squadrons (16 fighters each) Tentative Projected Numbers
CF-01M Multi-role Fighter 32 256 16 Squadrons (16 fighters each) Tentative Projected Numbers
MiG LFMS/LFI Multi-Role Fighter 48 192 12 Squadrons (16 fighters each) Acquisition begins 2017. About 16-32 aircraft a year. All aircraft to be upgraded to LFMS status
F-15F Multi-Role Fighter 144 0 12 Squadrons (12 fighters each) All to be transferred to Army from 2016
Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche IV Multi-role Fighter 144 144 12 Squadrons (12 fighters each) To be in service till 2030, to be transferred to the army.
MiG-31TM Interceptor 288 288 24 Squadrons (12 fighters each) Progressively upgraded to MiG-31TM standard
MiG-31BM Interceptor 144 144 12 Squadrons (12 fighters each) Placed in Reserve status
Igla Hypersonic fighter Multi-Role Interceptor 16 384 24 Squadrons (16 fighters each) Acquisition begins 2018. About 16-32 aircraft a year.
A380AEW&C Heavy Long Endurance AWACs and Command and Control Aircraft, doubles as ground radar aircraft 72 72 9 squadrons (8 aircraft each) 3 Squadrons on Reserve status
A380AEW&C (VHF) Heavy Long Endurance AWACs and Command and Control Aircraft 36 36 9 squadrons (4 aircraft each) Paired with A380AEW&C squadrons, VHF AESA radar. 3 squadrons on Reserve status.
A350AEW&C Medium Endurance AWACs and Command and Control Aircraft, doubles as ground radar aircraft 28 48 6 squadrons (8 aircraft each)
A350AEW&C (VHF) Medium Endurance AWACs and Command and Control Aircraft 24 48 6 squadrons (4 aircraft each) Paired with A350AEW&C squadrons, VHF AESA radar
E-8 Joint STARS Ground Radar Command and Control Aircraft 0 0 1 squadron Retired



Imperial Byzantine Air Force Strategic Bombing Command

Aircraft Classification Current Numbers Projected Numbers Squadron Organisation Comments
Tu-160BM Heavy Long Range Bomber 192 192 12 Squadrons (16 Aircraft Each) Byzantine Variant. 3 squadrons are placed on reserve. Note that in each squadron, 2 are tasked as EW.
Tu-22BM Strategic Bomber 192 192 12 Squadrons (16 Aircraft each) Byzantine Variant, to be slowly phased out in favour of T-4MS and CFB-1. Half to be deactivated at the end of 2017. Note that in each squadron, 2 are tasked as EW
T-4MS Heavy Supersonic Long Range Bomber 64 144 6 Squadrons (16 Aircraft each) Procurement rate 16 a year.
CFB-1 Medium Stealth Strategic Bomber 64 144 6 Squadrons (16 fighters each) Estimated completion of procurement: 2020. Note that Army Aviation operates its own CFB-1.
MiG SKAT Stealth Unmanned Combat Aviation Vehicle 64 96 5 Squadrons (16 UCAVs each) Final production number not confirmed. Used for Reconnaissance missions as well.


Imperial Byzantine Air Force Logistics

Aircraft Classification Current Numbers Projected Numbers Squadron Organisation Comments
C-17B Strategic Air Transport 36 36 3 Squadrons (12 aircraft each)
A400M Tactical Air Transport 48 48 4 Squadrons (12 aircraft each)
C-130J Tactical Air Transport 56 56 4 Squadrons (14 aircraft each)
An-225 Strategic Air Transport 12 12 1 Squadron (12 aircraft each) May make more purchases in the future
An-124 Strategic Air Transport 56 56 4 Squadrons (14 aircraft each)
An-22 Strategic Air Transport 48 48 4 squadrons (12 aircraft each)

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