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The Combination of the Air Force of the Eastern Military District (VVO) and the command of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Mongolia for the first time established twinning ties between the Mongolian Air Force Aviation Regiment – and the separate assault aviation regiment of the Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Eastern Military District, stationed in the Trans-Baikal Territory, the successor of the “legendary Mongolian squadron “.

In order to preserve the historical memory of the common military past and strengthen bilateral cooperation and mutual trust, a delegation from the Eastern Military District under the leadership of Major General Vladimir Kulikov, Deputy Commander of the Air Force and Air Defense Association of the Eastern Military District, is on a working visit to Mongolia. The delegation included the head of the department of international military cooperation of the Eastern Military District, Colonel Ivan Taraev, Deputy Commander of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Eastern Military District for military-political work, Colonel Sergey Sursyakov, and the command of the aviation regiment – the successor of the Mongolian Arat squadron.

The Russian delegation had a meeting with the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Mongolia, Lieutenant General Dovchinsurengiin Ganzorig, Commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Mongolia, Major General Ochir Enkhbayar, as well as with Hero of the Soviet Union, Hero of Mongolia, and the first pilot-cosmonaut Zhongshan Zhongshan.

During the visit, the Russian delegation visited the Mongolian Air Force aviation regiment stationed at the Nalaikh military airfield in the city of Ulan Bator, where the Mongolian Arat aviation squadron of the USSR Armed Forces was previously based. They also laid flowers at the monument to Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Ulan Bator. The parties also agreed to carry out further joint training of the flight personnel of aviation regiments and events within the framework of twinning relations.

Colonel Ivan Stepanovich Taraev, head of the department of international military cooperation of the Eastern Military District, said that this event is another step in the development of bilateral partnership. Today, one can note the high dynamics of the development of military cooperation and interaction between the Air Defense Forces and the Armed Forces of Mongolia on the basis of historically established ties, traditions of friendship and good neighborliness.

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The Mongolian Arat squadron, according to official documents, is the 2nd Fighter Aviation Squadron “Mongolian Arat” – a personalized fighter squadron of the USSR Air Force, formed in 1943 at the expense of the inhabitants of the Mongolian People’s Republic (MPR), which participated in the Great Patriotic War.

On June 22, 1941, the Presidium of the Central Committee of the MPRP, the Council of Ministers and the Presidium of the Small Khural of the MPR gathered at a joint meeting, at which they declared their support for the USSR in the Great Patriotic War.

In December 1943, on the 2nd anniversary of the formation of the 2nd Guards Aviation Regiment, a delegation from the Mongolian People’s Republic arrived and met with the pilots of the Mongolian Arat squadron. Those, in turn, conveyed a letter of thanks to the inhabitants of the Mongolian People’s Republic, telling about their exploits during the war.

At the time of the end of World War II, the squadron was based at the Grossenhain airfield (Germany), on June 1, 1945, it moved to the Kbely airfield (Czechoslovakia), and on August 22, 1945, on the Sambatel airfield (Hungary). On December 15, 1945, in connection with the disbandment of the 322nd Fighter Aviation Division, the regiment became part of the 8th Guards Fighter Aviation Kiev Red Banner Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Division and relocated to the Gyor airfield (Hungary), and on May 21, 1946 to the Szekesfehervar airfield, in May 1947 – at the Kenieri airfield.

In 1976, the regiment was renamed from the 266th Red Banner Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment named after the Mongolian People’s Republic to the 266th Aviation Regiment of the Red Banner Fighter-Bombers named after the Mongolian People’s Republic.

In June 1990, the 266th apib was redeployed to the Steppe airfield. The regiment was then armed with perhaps the world’s best fighter-bombers MiG-27K. 1993, in the fall of the same year, 266 APIB “Mongolian Arat” also switched to the Su-25, retaining the name. In 1995, the air regiment was reorganized into a separate Red Banner assault aviation regiment named after the Mongolian People’s Republic. From that moment on, the squadron’s emblem, a prancing warrior, migrated to the Su-25 attack aircraft.

In 1998, after retraining personnel for Su-25 aircraft, the regiment was reorganized from a “separate” into an assault regiment and became the Red Banner Assault Aviation Regiment named after the Mongolian People’s Republic.

December 1, 2010 on the basis of the instructions of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces of June 19, 2010 and the Directive of the General Staff of the Air Force at the Trans-Baikal military airfield with. The blast furnace was formed by an air base subordinate to the command of the Air Force and Air Defense (headquarters in Khabarovsk).

On December 1, 2014, the air base was reorganized into a separate mixed aviation regiment, in which the second assault squadron, the famous “Mongolian Arat”, remained.

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