RIA News cites a statement from the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation:
The air base of the Aerospace Forces (VKS), deployed in the Moscow region, was reorganized into a special-purpose aviation division.
The division of special purpose aircraft such as aircraft Tu-154, Il-62, Il-76, An-148, An-26, Mi-8 helicopters of various modifications, other means.
The re-formation of the airbase in Chkalovsky took place after the crash of the Tu-154 in the area of Sochi. The very same air base was created about 7 years ago, and after reformatting from a special purpose division. Thus, there was a reverse process.
Experts note that the facility in Chkalovsky will become the largest logistics center for the anti-terrorist operation in the SAR.