Duties of the Air Army
The Air Army Commander is the principle regulator of the combat action of
the air army troops, and controls them personally or through the staff. He is
responsible for the following tasks:
----- --Conducting training and insuring high combat readiness of the troops,
special troops, and services, and command and control of the air army for
accomplishment of likely future missions.
----- --Insuring the full strength of the air army in terms of flight crews,
professional and technical personnel and organic cadres of the large units,
units, and service installations.
----- --Insuring full strength of the air army in terms of aircraft,
helicopters, weapons, ammunition, technical equipment, material supplies, and
timely repair of aircraft, helicopters, and technical equipment.
----- --Raising the experience, skills, and combat capability of troops.
----- --Personally or jointly with Chief of Staff and Chief of the Political
Department, clarifying the combat mission and issuing instructions to the Chief
of Staff on preparing the troops, special troops, services, staff, and
installations for combat, and giving the time of preparations for attack or
----- --Instructing the Chief of Staff and the Chief of Reconnaissance on
preparing reconnaissance information required for making the decision and
conduct of combat actions. The air army commander personally estimates the
situation or he may assemble the Chief of Staff directorates and related
commanders in an appropriate place in order to listen to their elaborate
suggestions about the employment of troops or he may listen to suggestions of
the Chief of Staff of air army about the conclusions of the estimate of the
situation and decision, and accordingly he makes his decision.
The Commander personally, or through the Chiefs of Staff directorates or
through written orders and maps, or through communications means, issues combat
missions to subordinates. In addition he:
----- --Coordinates the actions of air army troops with the actions of combined
arms and tank armies of the Front, and rocket and artillery troops, Front and
national defense troops, long range air forces, transport aviation, and naval
forces (in naval directions) in different phases of the operation.
----- --Issues necessary instructions for all-round support measures of the air
----- --Supervises the deployment of the air army on permanent airfields and
deployment airfields at appropriate times, issues instructions on technical and
rear service support of air troops, and controls their execution.
----- --Prepares the rear service orders through the rear service staff and
issues the orders to aviation units and large units.
----- --Takes actions on organization of repair and evacuation through related
headquarters and organizations.
----- --Personally, or through his staff and command and control organizations,
controls preparation for the operation and accomplishment of assigned combat
missions by troops, special troops, and services and extends necessary
assistance to the troops.
----- --Continuously evaluates the situation, predicts likely changes in the
situation, and makes timely situation oriented decisions, and issues combat
missions to subordinates.
He also presents his suggestions to the Front Commander on the employment of
the air army. The air army commander must always be prepared to report to the
Front Commander and Commander-in-Chief of air forces about the situation,
status, and character of the operation of own troops and about his decision.
-------He briefs the Chief of Staff on his concept and intention and he informs
Chief of Staff on instructions issued to the troops.
----- --He issues instructions to Chief of Staff on organization of the air
army command posts, within the air army and the command elements of the air
army established at the headquarters of coordinating operational formations and
The air army commander is responsible for the high moral and political status
of officers, subordinates, staff, and troops.
Duties of Chief of Staff of
The Chief of Staff is the First Deputy Commander and Director of the Staff.
Only the Chief of Staff has authority to issue instructions and orders in the
name of the Air Army Commander to operational units and combined units, special
troops and services, and other related personnel directly under the Commander
of the Air Army.
The Chief of Staff reports to the commander about all instructions he issues.
The Chief of Staff is responsible for the following:
----- --Appropriate conduct of all missions and organized operations of the air
----- --Briefing deputy commander, chiefs of combat arms, and special troops
and services on received combat mission and issuing instructions on preparation
of preliminary instructions, calendar plan, preparation of calculations for the
commander's decision, and the time of their preparation.
The Chief of Staff is responsible to know constantly the combat situation and
to predict likely changes in the situation, and to be prepared to report to the
commander of the air army and higher headquarters the following matters.
----- --The situation, status, and characteristics of the operation of friendly
air force and enemy forces.
----- --Deductions from the estimate of the situation and suggestions about the
decision to be made by the air army commander.
----- --Measures of organization of command and control, coordination and
combat support measures of air army.
----- --The issuing of instructions on missions, arms, and elements of
reconnaissance to the Chief of Air Army reconnaissance.
----- --Coordination of work amongst staff organizations all chiefs of combat
arms, special troops and services, and other command and control organizations.
----- --Direct supervision and guidance of the planning of the air operation,
initial nuclear strike, and other combat actions conducted by the air army.
Chief of Staff personally prepares and unites certain important documents such
as combat directions and personally participates in preparation and
organization of certain tasks and working out of same important documents, and
supervises the conduct of such tasks. Based on instructions of the Air Army
Commander, organization of command posts with the air army and control elements
of the air army established in the command post of coordinating operational
formations and large units including preparation of Staff Officers and
establishment of continuous communications with them.
----- --Signing or approving of all directives, orders, instructions, plans,
and important combat documents which are prepared and issued at the army staff.
----- --Organization in peacetime of training and high combat readiness of
large units, units and staffs in accordance with plans and instructions of Air
Duties of the Chief of
Operations of the Air Army.
Chief of Operations is one of the important chiefs of staff directorates,
and he is obliged to conduct the tasks pertaining to training, upgrading combat
readiness of air army troops, and preparation of plans and important combat
The Chief of Operations carries out the following tasks:
----- --Prepares initial instructions, calendar plan.
----- --Sometimes the Chief of Operations personally writes the directives and
operation order, and prepares other important combat documents.
----- --Prepares calculations and data as well as necessary suggestions for the
decision of the commander.
----- --Plans air operations, initial nuclear strike of Front (graphic of
initial nuclear strike of air army), and other combat documents with annexes,
tables, graphs, plans of preparation and occupation of deployment air fields in
the departure area and during the operation, plan of maskirovka, plan of
protection of air forces troops from mass destruction weapons, and plan of
employment of air force assault operations (in conjunction with other related
organizations involved with planning of airborne operation).
----- --Conveys combat missions to air army large units and units.
----- --Organizes interaction and prepares instructions for tables of
coordination with coordinating forces.
----- --Organizes deployment of command posts and their relocation during the
operation insuring continuous, reliable, stable communication, designates
command and control signals and insures security of the air army command posts.
----- -- Prepares air army troops to accomplish combat missions and controls
the accomplishment of assigned missions by subordinates and extends necessary
assistance to them.
----- --Prepares combat documents on command and control of troops.
----- --Collects, evaluates, and analyzes information about the situation
during the preparation for and during the operation and presents suggestions
about the decision to the commander.
----- -- Insures the timely submission of information about the situation and
regular situation reports to higher headquarters, and information to
subordinates headquarters, headquarters of coordinating troops and adjacents
about the changes in the situations.
The Duties of the Chief of
Reconnaissance of the Air Army
The Chief of Reconnaissance is responsible for training, combat readiness,
and reconnaissance operation of air reconnaissance units and their command and
control in peacetime and war.
The Chief of Reconnaissance carries out the following tasks:
----- --Prepares calculations and necessary data for the Air Army Commander's
----- --Collects, studies, analyzes, and makes deductions about reconnaissance
information on the enemy and terrain.
----- --Presents important information to the Chief of Staff, Air Army
commander, higher and subordinate headquarters and adjacents.
----- --Designates targets and tasks and allocates reconnaissance troops and
means for each reconnaissance target and task.
----- --Prepares reconnaissance plan, annexes and related documents and
presents them for the signature of the Chief of Staff and approval of Air Army
----- --Assigns combat missions to subordinate reconnaissance units.
----- --Coordinates the reconnaissance action and interaction, and all types of
reconnaissance in terms of mission, objectives, and time.
----- --Prepares and employs air reconnaissance units and subunits, and
provides for their all-around support.
----- --Controls execution of assigned instructions and orders, and practically
assists with the organizing of reconnaissance units and subunits, and other
aviation units and subunits that are conditionally and temporarily employed to
carry out reconnaissance missions.
----- --Organizes continuous communication with reconnaissance units, subunits,
and organizations, and exchanges reconnaissance information with headquarters
of adjacents, higher echelons, subordinates, and coordinating forces.
----- --Receives reconnaissance information from aircraft crews, analyzes it,
makes deductions, and disseminates it to related headquarters and persons.