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Inyurstan Air Force
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Air Force Emblem
Active1962 -present
CountryLa Républiqua D'Inyursta
BranchAir Force
Size290,000 Active Personnel
Motto(s)Sempré Vigílançe
Mascot(s)Harpy Eagle
Commanders
Commander-in-ChiefJean-Baptiste Calderone
Chief of StaffAntonio DeLoroza
Chief CommanderGeneral Maximilien Jean-Claude
Deputy Chief CommanderGeneral Louis Valdez

The Inyurstan Air Force, also called the "RIAF" or "Forçé Aéro D'Inyursta", is a branch of the Inyurstan military specializing in aerial combat operations and intelligence gathering. It has approximately 260,000 active personnel and about half that in reserve, significantly smaller than the Inyurstan Army and Inyurstan Navy.

History

During the Inyurstan Civil War, a small combat air group known as "Les Cielés Librés" was formed to combat the Soviet-backed air corps of Solvereux's regime. This air group was comprised mostly of pilots who had been trained in the US or other anti-communist countries; but both foreign volunteer and mercenary pilots were also employed to combat communist forces. Aircraft flown by "Les Cielés Librés" include the DC-3 transport, A-1 ground attack and F-84G fighters, among others.

The Inyurstan Air Force was made an official branch of the Inyurstan military in 1969 following the victory of counter-revolutionary forces in the Inyurstan Civil War. Since then the RIAF has participated in every conflict involving the Inyurstan military, including the 1986 Guerroca War, Lolloh-Ruolnik Conflict, DEN Invasion of Colombia, Greco-Bulgarian War, Sea of Juarez Maritime Dispute, Inyurstan Operations in the Middle East and the San Meresque Incident.

Mission

The official mission statement of the RIAF is:

  • To protect and serve La Républiqua D'Inyursta and the democratic ideals it represents through the protection of aerospace, collection of intelligence, support of other branches and termination of foreign threats to the Inyurstan Republic.

Personnel

The Inyurstan Air Force is comprised of a highly diverse group of personnel, ranging from pilots, aircrews, mechanics, special forces, security, administration, intelligence, engineering as well as monitoring and maintaining Inyursta's twelve military satellites.

File:Inyur AFpersonnel.jpg
Inyurstan Airmen in Class-A's during a military parade.

Duty Communities

Pilots are considered the "faces" of the Inyurstan Air Force, however they make up approximately 1% of all RIAF personnel. Regulations permit that only officers be allowed to fly aircraft (including drones), but unlike many other air forces, the RIAF both has a relatively large warrant officer corps and allows warrants to fly most aircraft.

The majority of RIAF personnel are logistical support crews. A given airbase will have approximately eight times the amount of logistical personnel than any other specialization. Excluding the Navy, all other services depend on Air Force support and supplies, and the service is the largest mover of material between bases both in-country and abroad.

Intelligence collection and transmission is also a major mission of the Inyurstan Air Force. It maintains a large quantity and wide variety of aerial intel platforms, including both fixed-wing, helicopter and UAV's. Air Force intelligence personnel are one of the main forces responsible for monitoring Inyursta's military satellite force and deciphering information retrieved through satellite and sub-orbital means.

The RIAF has two units considered "special forces" (which technically fall under the command of JSSOC); the 61st Special Aviation Regiment and the Battalion Réscuto Aériàle. The 61st SAR is responsible for providing transport and air support for all special forces units in the Inyurstan military, the only standard exception to this is that BEMÉ are often supported by naval aviation assets. Battalion Réscuto Aériàle is a highly trained and elite pararescue force responsible for rescue and medical stabilization of downed pilots or other stranded Inyurstan forces in significant danger behind enemy lines.

Ranks

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Rank chart for the Inyurstan Air Force.

The Inyurstan Air Force follows a similar ranking structure to all other branches of the Inyurstan military, including enlisted ranks from E-1 through E-9, commissioned officer ranks from O-1 to O-9, and four warrant officer ranks. RIAF personnel have the highest ratio of officers to enlisted personnel. Battlefield commissions are unheard of in the RIAF due to the nature of their operations, but warrant officer school is available to capable and distinguished enlisted personnel to qualify them for flight status.

Top Row: Enlisted Ranks (right to left): Airman Basico (E-1), Airman Dozième (E-2), Airman Premiéro (E-3), Aéro Corporal (E-4), Sergeant Basico (E-5), Sergeant Premiéro (E-6), Sergeant Senior (E-7), Sergeant Chief (E-8) Sergeant Chief dul Command (E-9).

Middle Row: Officer Ranks (right to left): Lieutenant Dozième (O-1), Lieutenant Primiéro (O-2), Captain (O-3), Májor (O-4), Lieutenant Colonel (O-5), Colonel (O-6), Brigadière General (O-7), Lieutenant General (O-8), Májor General (O-9), General (O-10).

Bottom Row: Warrant Ranks (right to left): Chief Basico (CW-1), Chief Primiéro (CW-2), Chief Senior (CW-3), Chief dul Maistro (CW-4).

Aircraft

The Inyurstan Airforce operates and maintains a sizeable and diverse number of aircraft. Because one of the major roles is providing all-encompassing intelligence and logistics support to the Inyurstan Army, Inyurstan National Guard and sometimes NIS when necessary; the RIAF includes a relatively large number of C4ISTAR aircraft.

Template:Standard table ! style="text-align: left; background: #EEEEFF;"|Aircraft Name ! style="text-align: left; background: #EEEEFF;"|Aircraft Type ! style="text-align: left; background: #EEEEFF;"|# in Service ! style="text-align: left; background: #EEEEFF;"|Origin ! style="text-align: left; background: #EEEEFF;"|Notes |----- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | Combat Aircraft |----- |AC-22M Mussurana |Stealth Fighter |67 | United States |Upgraded with Cat Eye-2000 IRST and LIDACS-III ECM systems. |----- |AC-88E Taipan Block II |Air Superiority Fighter |130 | Inyursta | |----- |Amérifighter AC/A-20 Crotaléa |Heavy Multirole Fighter |192 | Inyursta Template:Country data Gran Cuscatlan | |----- |AC/A-16C Viper |Light Multirole Fighter |275 | United States |Block 50/52+ standard |----- |AC/A-92 Night Adder |Stealth Multirole Fighter |24 | Inyursta |To replace all F-16 aircraft by 2030. |----- |A-40 Black Mamba |Ground Attack |78 | Inyursta | |----- |A-10Y Urutu |Close Air Support (CAS) |124 | United States  Inyursta | |----- |OA-29 Hognose |Counter-Insurgency (COIN) |62 | Brazil | |----- |EA-40F Sipo |Electronic Warfare & Attack (EW) |33 | Inyursta | |----- |AC-235Y Jiboía Rouje |Gunship |13 | Spain  Inyursta |Modified AC-235. Armed with AGM-114 Hellfire, GBU-44/b Viper Strike, x2 RKD-23 "Venom" 23mm gatling guns and x1 105mm cannon. |----- |B-1M Rock Python |Supersonic Strategic Bomber |38 | United States | |----- |BFM-60 Jararacussu |Medium Stealth Bomber |12 | Inyursta |Unveiled officially in 2016; known prior as "Project SB-2010"... |----- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | Support Aircraft |----- |EC-130Y-J Coquí |Electronic Warfare (EW) |10 | United States  Inyursta |Modified C-130. Fitted with radar, communications and navigational jamming systems. |----- |EC-130Y-S |Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&CS) |25 | United States  Inyursta |Modified C-130J. Fitted with AN/APY-2 radar and other key subsystems found on the E-3 Sentry, in addition to mounted fuel tanks. |----- |Colomas E-400 |Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&CS) |7 | Inyursta | |----- |ER-370 Falcon Eye |Ground Surveillance & Command |11 | Inyursta |Developed from Colomas J-370. |----- |ECN-235 |ELINT/SIGINT |13 | Spain | |----- |ER-375M Havoc Ultra |ELINT/SIGNT |4 | Inyursta |Developed from Colomas J-370. |----- |C-130 |Tactical Cargo/Transport |45 | United States | |----- |CN-295 |Tactical Cargo/Transport |21 | Spain | |----- |C-17 Globemaster III |Strategic Cargo/Transport |14 | United States | |----- |Colomas C-800 |Strategic Cargo/Transport |6 | Inyursta | |----- |Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird |Reconnaissance |4 | United States | |----- |KC-130J |Tanker |16 | United States | |----- |Embraer KC-390 |Tanker |3 | Brazil | |----- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | Helicopters |----- |Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk |Utility & Transport |240 | United States | |----- |AH-60L DAP |Attack |24 | United States | |----- |Sikorsky S-92 |Utility & Transport |40 | United States | |----- |S-92YE |Airborne Early Warning (AEW) |12 | Inyursta  United States |Modified S-92 with air search out to 250km and SAR radar out to 100km. |----- |C-30 Vindix VTOL |Utility & Transport |22 |Template:Country data Merick Isles | |----- ! style="align: center; background: lavender;" colspan="7" | UAV's |----- |SV-2 Blindspot |Stealth Reconnaissance |6+ | Inyursta | |----- |IA-52 Gecko |Reconnaissance |34 | Inyursta | |----- |General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper |UCAV |20 | United States | |-----