FoundedAugust 1st, 2015 - present Size188,000 personnel (2014)
Approx. 3,040+ to 3,155 aircraft
65 satellites EngagementsIntervention in the Syrian Civil War Current
commanderColonel General Viktor Bondarev EngagementRussian military intervention in Syria
The Russian Aerospace Forces or VKS (Russian: Воздушно-космические силы, Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily) are the Aerospace Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. It was established as a new armed force on the 1 August 2015 with the merging of the Russian Air Force (VVS) and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces (VKO) under the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence. It is headquartered in Moscow. Several reasons were announced for the merger, including greater efficiency and logistical support.