Aviation and Air Defense Command
  • თავდაცვის ძალების ავიაციისა და საჰაერო თავდაცვის სარდლობა
  • tavdatsvis dzalebis aviatsiisa da sahaero tavdatsvis sardloba
Georgian Air Force emblem
Founded1992; 32 years ago (1992) (as Georgian Air Force)
Country Georgia
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
  • 2,971 personnel
  • 48 aircraft
Part ofGeorgian Defence Forces
HeadquartersAlekseevka, Tbilisi
Anniversaries19 September
WebsiteMOD Website in georgian
Commander-in-ChiefPresident Salome Zourabichvili
Prime MinisterIrakli Kobakhidze
Minister of Defense Irakli Chikovani
Chief of Defense ForcesMaj. Gen. Giorgi Matiashvili[1]
CommanderColonel Sergo Ninua [2]

The Aviation and Air Defence Command of the Defence Forces (Georgian: თავდაცვის ძალების ავიაციისა და საჰაერო თავდაცვის სარდლობა, romanized: tavdatsvis dzalebis aviatsiisa da sahaero tavdatsvis sardloba),[2] (formerly Georgian Air Force (Georgian: საქართველოს საჰაერო ძალები, sak’art’velos sahaero dzalebi)) is the air force of the Defense Forces of Georgia. It was established as part of the Georgian Armed Forces in 1992 and merged into Army Air Section in 2010. As part of reforms in the Georgian military, the Air Force was reestablished as a separate command of the Defense Forces in 2016.[3]


Founding and abolition

The Georgian Air Force and Air Defense Division was established on January 1, 1992. On August 18, 1998, the two divisions were unified in a joint command structure and renamed the Georgian Air Force.[4]

The first combat flight was conducted by Izani Tsertsvadze and Valeri Nakopia on September 19, 1992, during the separatist war in Abkhazia. This date was later designated as the Georgian Air Force Day.[4]

In 2010, the Georgian Air Force was abolished as a separate branch and incorporated into the Georgian Land Forces as Air and Air Defense sections.[5]

Reestablishment and modernization

The Georgian Air Force was formally re-established in 2016 but all fixed wing aircraft were left abandoned till 2020. Under the leadership of Georgian Minister of Defense Irakli Garibashvili the Air Force was re-prioritized and aircraft owned by the Georgian Air Force are being modernized and re-serviced after they were left abandoned for 4 years. The Minister of Defense also announced plans to acquire strike drones to increase Georgia's combat readiness.[6]


Main article: Georgian military ranks

Commissioned officer ranks

The rank insignia of commissioned officers.

Rank group General / flag officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Georgian Air Force[7]
გენერალ ლეიტენანტი
General leit’enant’i
გენერალ მაიორი
General maiori
ბრიგადის გენერალი
Brigadis generali
ლეიტენანტ პოლკოვნიკი
Leit’enant’ p’olk’ovnik’i
უფროსი ლეიტენანტი
Uprosi leit’enant’i

Other ranks

The rank insignia of non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel.

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
 Georgian Air Force[7]
მთავარი სერჟანტი
Mtavari serzhant’i
უფროსი სერჟანტი
Uprosi serzhant’i
უმცროსი სერჟანტი
Umtsrosi serzhant’i
I კლასის რიგითი
I k’lasis rigiti

Mission and objectives

The objectives of the Georgian Air Force are defined as follows:

Functions of the Georgian Air Forces:

The two major airfields are located near Tbilisi at Vaziani and Marneuli.

Current inventory

A Georgian Mi-24 in flight
A Georgian Su-25 in flight
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Antonov An-28 Soviet Union transport 2[8]
Mil Mi-8 Soviet Union utility Mi-8/171 15[8]
Mil Mi-14 Soviet Union ASW / SAR 2[8]
Mil Mi-24 Soviet Union attack 9[8]
Bell UH-1 United States utility UH-1H 12[8]
Trainer Aircraft
Aero L-39 Czechoslovakia trainer / light attack 8[8]


  1. ^ "Giorgi Matiashvili - MOD.GOV.GE". mod.gov.ge.
  2. ^ a b "თავდაცვის ძალების ავიაციისა და საჰაერო თავდაცვის სარდლობა" [Aviation and air defense command of the defense forces] (in Georgian). Ministry of Defense of Georgia. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  3. ^ ,,On Defense of Georgia,, (Law 1030). 15 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b Defence Today 27: 1. September 2009. Accessed February 10, 2012.
  5. ^ Structure of Land Forces Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine. Ministry of Defense of Georgia. Accessed on February 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "ავიაციის პარკის განახლების სამუშაოები აქტიურად მიმდინარეობს - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  7. ^ a b "სამხედრო წოდებები და ინსიგნიები" [Military Ranks and Insignia]. mod.gov.ge (in Georgian). Ministry of Defense of Georgia. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Hoyle, Craig (2023). "World Air Forces 2024". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 22 March 2024.