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Air Defense Forces Day: Guarding the Skies


Annually, on the second Sunday of April, Russia celebrates the Day of the Air Defense Forces. Officially, the holiday appeared in 2006 on the basis of a presidential decree.

In the Soviet Union, the Day of the Air Defense Forces began to be celebrated in 1975, although the air defense troops were created much earlier. The emergence of air defense troops is inextricably linked with the creation of air fleet... As soon as the first balloons, airships and airplanes began to rise into the sky to conduct reconnaissance, there was a need for opposition.

The first air defense units were formed during the First World War. At first, they tried to use conventional weapons to combat aircraft, but gradually anti-aircraft guns began to appear on carriages or machine tools specially designed for this. In Russia, such weapons appeared in 1915.

During the Great Patriotic War, a huge burden fell on the air defense forces. Anti-aircraft gunners not only covered the sky over Soviet cities from enemy raids aviation, shot down enemy aircraft over positions, but also participated in ground confrontations. During the war, the air defense forces destroyed more than 7,5 thousand enemy aircraft, more than 1 thousand tanks and 1,5 thousand guns.

After the Great Patriotic War, the development of the air defense forces continued. Anti-aircraft missile systems began to replace artillery guns, but no one was in a hurry to write off the time-tested anti-aircraft systems.

Thanks to Soviet, and then Russian, designers, the air defense forces were equipped with the most modern air defense systems, which were rightfully considered and considered the best in the world. At present, the Russian sky is protected from enemy encroachments by the S-300 and S-400 air defense systems, the Buk and Tor air defense systems, and Pantsir-S MANPADS. The latest S-350 anti-aircraft system was recently adopted by the Russian army, and the S-500 Prometheus complex, which has no analogues in the world, is being prepared for adoption, which is capable of intercepting enemy missiles while still in space.

The latest radar systems and stations, thanks to the integration into a single network, detect the enemy and give target designation to anti-aircraft complexes. The Russian sky is reliably covered by air defense troops.

Voennoye Obozreniye congratulates all servicemen and veterans of the air defense troops - guardians of the sky - on the holiday!
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  1. Doccor18
    Doccor18 April 11 2021 08: 28
    Always on guard of the peaceful sky!
    Happy Holidays!
    1. Victor_B
      Victor_B April 11 2021 08: 30
      We don’t fly and we won’t let others!
      Colleagues happy holiday!
      Dear Paul's Military Organization!
      Two air defense soldiers - replace at least someone!
      1. Tusv
        Tusv April 11 2021 08: 54
        Quote: Victor_B
        We don’t fly and we won’t let others!

        Colleague with a holiday. And let who does not answer the request trembles distinctly
        Wait, who is flying !? Present a pass
        Every bird needs a document
        Because the bird cannot be abroad
        Just like that, without a visa, fly over.
        1. SRC P-15
          SRC P-15 April 11 2021 09: 13
          Happy holiday, colleagues !!!
          "Two soldiers from the construction battalion
          Replace the excavator,
          And the air defense soldier,
          Replaces it himself! "
          Vladimir drinks hi
          1. Tusv
            Tusv April 11 2021 09: 25
            Alexander hi P-15 + P-12 drinks Well, khana stealth
            1. SRC P-15
              SRC P-15 April 11 2021 09: 37
              Quote: Tusv
              Alexander P-15 + P-12 Well, khana stealth

              Yes, Vladimir, our stations have always worked together!
              1. Tatyana
                Tatyana April 11 2021 12: 56
                Happy holiday to all involved!
                Happy Air Defense Day! hi
                All of you health, success, prosperity in life and longevity! love

          2. aleks neym_2
            aleks neym_2 April 11 2021 15: 27
            "Echidno" (... one air defense soldier replaces everything ..) - and where do you know STE: did not he pull the strap 6 by 6? HAPPY HOLIDAY !!!
      2. shubin
        shubin April 11 2021 09: 34
        We used to say: two soldiers from the construction battalion are replacing an excavator, and an air defense soldier is replacing at least someone! Happy Holidays! drinks
    2. AUL
      AUL April 11 2021 12: 41
      Happy holiday, air defense!
      6th Red Banner Air Defense Army, DMB72.
  2. WHAT IS
    WHAT IS April 11 2021 08: 28
    Happy Communion!

    Peaceful sky overhead
    I wish you all health and good
    Happy Air Defense Day, I congratulate
    So that trouble does not touch anyone!

    So that the sun shines so brightly
    So that happiness comes to the house
    So that our military strength,
    Protected our cordon!
    1. WHAT IS
      WHAT IS April 11 2021 08: 32

      Thanks for the peaceful sky!
  3. xorek
    xorek April 11 2021 08: 52
    Happy Air Defensemen! God forbid that you show your skills only in teachings
  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty April 11 2021 08: 53
    We just took care of the sky of the Soviet Union! All who served in the air defense with a holiday! soldier soldier
  5. Ros 56
    Ros 56 April 11 2021 09: 00
    Of course, all those involved with the holiday and all the best !!!
    And with humor, they are all right: we ourselves do not fly, and we do not give to others. good
    And every year the importance of these troops only increases.
    Well for air defense, drinks
  6. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I April 11 2021 09: 01
    Oho-ho! How many holidays lately! So you can sleep with congratulations! I feel like a liver! But we will not leave the air defense personnel uncontracted! After a while, I'll need to fly somewhere; and the air-gunners are capricious people (!) ... they don't fly themselves, but they don't let others either! So we will be friends with them ... and congratulations!
    1. Tusv
      Tusv April 11 2021 10: 23
      Quote: Nikolaevich I
      Oho-ho! How many holidays lately!

      Not Oho-ho, but Oho-ho. wink There are still most of the Guardsmen and many of the border defended. Plus the day of the videoconferencing was added
  7. aszzz888
    aszzz888 April 11 2021 09: 49
    Air Defense - Congratulations! And may you have the most desirable thing - these are the wreckage on the EARTH of everything flying from the enemy! soldier good drinks
  8. Prisoner
    Prisoner April 11 2021 09: 54
    Happy keepers! With all my heart, happy holidays !!!
  9. Black Colonel
    Black Colonel April 11 2021 10: 09
    My congratulations to all the Russian Air Defense Forces and my fellow soldiers of the 70th Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, DMB-82. I see that the "Circle" complex is still in the arsenal of some people.
  10. Freeman
    Freeman April 11 2021 10: 34
    Everyone who served in the country's air defense forces!
    Please accept congratulations on the Holiday from our Belarusian colleagues.

    Shl. He himself served in the signal troops of the Moscow Air Defense District. drinks

  11. rocket757
    rocket757 April 11 2021 12: 43
    Always on guard of the peaceful sky of the Motherland!
    Congratulations colleagues soldier
  12. iouris
    iouris April 11 2021 12: 53
    What happened to the country?
  13. lucul
    lucul April 11 2021 13: 49
    All involved with the holiday.
  14. Pete mitchell
    Pete mitchell April 11 2021 13: 57
    All involved with the holiday.
    Murphy's law for air defense - "we bring down everyone, then we'll figure it out on the ground"
  15. Orkraider
    Orkraider April 11 2021 15: 03
    Happy holiday, guardians of our sky!
  16. faterdom
    faterdom April 11 2021 15: 23
    Air defense + Triad = guarantee of our existence.
    The rest is details, vignettes and arabesques.
  17. Aag
    Aag April 11 2021 17: 16
    To the keepers of the keys to the sky - congratulations and best wishes !!!
    Nowadays, without you, there is no way! ...
  18. Lekov L
    Lekov L April 11 2021 17: 21
    Congratulations to all of you colleagues!
    So that everyone would not fly here without asking and permission, we stood and you stay.
    That's all ... Good luck to everyone, clear skies and reliable rear, I hug all my colleagues! drinks
    Especially the Defense Ministry and 1 Horse.
    Former battalion commander of the RLK TsU.
    I have the honor soldier
  19. Ian_Kummer
    Ian_Kummer April 12 2021 06: 42
    I find it interesting that Russia has a separate branch for "Air Defenses." In the USA the Army and Marine Corps have their own air defense troops and platforms, but it's not separated into its own division. The various branches of our military also have their own aircraft attached - interestingly, the Army and Army National Guard have many rotary wring (helicopter) aircraft, but very few fixed-wing - small transports, no fighters or bombers.

    From reading World War II - or Great Patriotic War - history, the Soviet Air Defense branch also had fighter units for intercepting enemy bombers, is this still true for the Russian military?
  20. clerk
    clerk April 12 2021 21: 07
    Thank you all for your congratulations!