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Flashpoint Russia: Russia’s Air Power

Flashpoint Russia: Russia’s Air Power Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review August 2019 Title Flashpoint Russia: Russia’s Air Power
Author Piotr Butowski Publisher Harpia Publishing, LLC
Published 2019 ISBN 9780997309270
Format 142 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $39.95


Its GDP ranks smaller than Italy’s. And precarious fossil-fuel exports generate 60% of its annual budget. Yet it can project military might on global scales.

It’s Russia. And spear tip of its international reach remains its Aerospace Forces – the VKS.

Now Piotr Butowski surveys today’s Russian airpower in Flashpoint Russia from Harpia Publishing – available in North America from Casemate.

And the subtitle says it all. “Russia’s Air Power: Capabilities and Structure” spans three chunky chapters over 142 picture-packed pages:

  • Development of the structure of Russia’s air arms
  • Aviation assets in Russia’s military structures
  • Military aircraft acquisition policy

Contents recap Aerospace Forces and Naval Aviation – as well as Federal National Guard, Federal Security Service, and Federal Guard Service aviation assets.

Coverage also navigates command and structure changes since 1991 – and summarizes combat, training, support, and basing capabilities.

Designations. Locations. Personnel. Equipment – fixed- and rotary-wing. Movements. It’s all here.

Dozens of images – color photos, unit heraldry, insignia – illustrate the effort. Tables, flow charts, maps, sidebars, ORBATs, and appendices also augment the account. And it perfectly compliments the author’s earlier, two-volume survey of Russia’s Warplanes – also from Harpia.

But it could certainly use an acronym glossary.

Roundly recommended!

With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.