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December 15 - Day of the formation of the Radio-technical troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces


The radio engineering troops (RTV) of the RF Aerospace Forces are a special branch of the military that performs the tasks of radio engineering support aviation Air defense and anti-aircraft missile systems. They celebrate their formation on December 15th.

On this day in 1951, the Council of Ministers of the USSR decided to create the Radio-technical air surveillance, warning and communication troops (VNOS) of the air defense. This name existed until 1955, after which the abbreviation VNOS was removed from it, and this branch of the military began to be called simply the RTV of the USSR Air Defense.

Their main task was early detection of enemy air targets. And although 1951 is officially considered the year of the founding of the radio technical troops, their functions began to be performed even earlier, almost simultaneously with the appearance of military aviation. Already during the First World War in the Russian army there were posts for "observation of the sky." And in the Great Patriotic War, warning about air danger played a strategic role. It saved many soldiers, officers and civilians of the Soviet Union from death.

Although today the Radio Engineering Troops play an important role in ensuring the defense capability of our country, the activities of this kind of troops are outwardly almost invisible. In the same way, imperceptibly, without salutes and solemn parades, the professional holiday of the military personnel guarding the air borders of our Fatherland is celebrated.

Only on December 15, they gather together at the festive table relatives and friends who came to congratulate them. And most often, on the Foundation Day of the Radio Engineering Forces, a toast is made to a clear sky overhead.

The editorial board of Voenniy Obozreniye would like to thank everyone to whom our country owes this purest sky and wish them good health and family happiness.
Photos used:
Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. bayard
    bayard 15 December 2020 05: 03
    All those involved with the Day of the Radio Engineering Air Defense Forces!
    For a clear sky and inviolable borders!
    Special thanks to those who are on alert today!
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 15 December 2020 05: 09
    Radio technicians of the Armed Forces of the country, acting and who is in reserve! hi Please accept my sincere congratulations on your holiday! !! hi All to you, both in service and in life, and more! !!!! drinks hi
  3. Crowe
    Crowe 15 December 2020 05: 13
    Happy Holidays, men! Health, tranquility and prosperity to families!
  4. Victor_B
    Victor_B 15 December 2020 05: 31
    Happy holiday colleagues!
    We don’t fly and we won’t let others!
  5. aszzz888
    aszzz888 15 December 2020 06: 42
    Heaven Border Guards Happy Holidays !!! soldier Health, well-being, no emergency on duty! Special thanks to the veterans, and to those who are on Fr. Sakhalin "looked" for 71 merikatos, they worried too much about our borders.
  6. igorspb
    igorspb 15 December 2020 07: 51
    All colleagues with our holiday! Peaceful sky to all!
  7. AAK
    AAK 15 December 2020 09: 57
    All colleagues - Happy Holidays!
    Military unit 03970, Yelets, ACS KP MV RLR VP-01 and 5U69
  8. Lycan
    Lycan 15 December 2020 10: 24
    Happy holiday, comrades! All bands and levels.
  9. Vladimir Mashkov
    Vladimir Mashkov 15 December 2020 12: 13
    All those involved with the holiday! Best wishes! 73
  10. Scharnhorst
    Scharnhorst 15 December 2020 17: 29
    Ai Petri, military unit 48698 and receivers with a holiday! The best meter waves!
  11. Doctor
    Doctor 15 December 2020 17: 57
    Happy Holidays to all! Orlovsky and Rzhevsky bush especially!
  12. Alan Bagaev
    Alan Bagaev 15 December 2020 22: 19
    I served in RTV 1990-1992!