Small, but valuable

In light of the first anniversary of Montenegro’s membership of NATO, Igor Božinovski summarises the 12-year history of the tiny Montenegrin Air Force and analyses the current status and ongoing modernisation of Europe’s youngest air arm.

Montenegrin Air Force

The Gazelle is small, agile and eminently suitable for reconnaissance. Unfortunately, this outdated type lacks firefighting capabilities and is unsuitable for medevac, SAR and troop transport. Pictured are HO-42 serial 12671 (c/n 054) and HN-45M serial 12943 (c/n 163). Sven van Roij

Force Report

With an area of only 5,333 sq miles (13,812km) and a population of around 635,000, Montenegro (Crna Gora) is the smallest Balkan nation.

Ruled from the capital Podgorica, Montenegro has access to the Adriatic Sea to the south and shares borders with Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east and Albania to the southeast.

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