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Peacetime Missions

• Air surveillance / 24-hours radar surveillance;
• Ensure the sovereignty in the Romania’s national air space and in its AOR;
• Military / civilian flights coordination;
• Denying the unauthorized aircraft acces in the national air space;
• Air Defence of 86th AB;
• NATO missions;
• Peace Support Operations.

Crise and Wartime Missions:

• Continuing the peacetime missions;
• Increase operational capability and combat readiness status;
• Maintain control over own AOR;
• Air Interdiction (air strike the main enemy’s objectives);
• Close Air Support;
• Air defense of civilian, industrial and military objectives;
• Increase survivability, support land and naval operations.

On March 10th 1952, by the General Staff Order, the 206th Tactical Fighter Regiment was born, this becoming a part of the 66th Tactical Aviation Division, in the South-eastern operation theater of Romania, and beginning its activity on the 19th of March 1952, on Deveselu Airbase. Its structure included the command of the regiment, the staff, the command patrol, and 3 squadrons. At the very beginning, the inventory of the 206th Tactical Fighter Regiment included only YAK-11 and YAK-18 trainers, but starting with May 1952, MIG-15 fighters began to enter the inventory, the regiment becoming operational in no time.

On July 15th 1953, the 206th Tactical Fighter Regiment was deployed on Ianca Airbase, where it operated until May 1st 1955, when it entered the structure of the 23rd Tactical Aviation Division, and re-deployed on Otopeni Airbase. After the deployment on Otopeni Airbase, the pilots of the Regiment began to fly a new fighter (MIG-15), the first fighter in Romania having an interception radar.
On August 9th 1958, the 206th Tactical Fighter Regiment, along with the 499th Airfield Technical Base, were deployed on Borcea Airbase, (where it is still operating), in its inventory entering the best fighter of that time: MIG-21F13. Since that time, the 86th Fighter Regiment has been fully equipped with supersonic jet fighters, two MiG-21F13 squadrons and one MIG-19 squadron. In 1974, these last ones were replaced by the newer MiG-21RFFM.

Since 1997 one squadron has begun an intensive training to make it able to carry out joint missions with NATO PfP forces . A special training program has been initiated, aiming at a higher level of interoperability, and for this purpose the Fighter-Bomber Squadron was fully equipped with MIG-21 Lancer.
By the end of 2000, as a result of the Romanian Air Force reform, the structure of the 86th Airbase was changed again.
The 86th Airbase has now a modular structure, fitting a NATO’s airbase model and offering a real background for achieving the appropriate interoperability at this level, with declared purpose to provide all that it is necessary to plan, organize, command and execute the missions received.

Participation in multinational exercises

- NATO - PfP:
• LIVEX "COOPERATIVE KEY" - 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002
• "AIR POWER" 2000;
• NATO AIR MEET 2004, Turkey.

- Bilateral:
• Common exercise with Netherland Air Force - 2000;
• Common exercises with French Air Force:
"VOLFAC" 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
"CHASSEUR ACCOMPLI" 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006;
• Common exercise with Bulgarian Air Force "Joint Efforts BLUE DANUBE" - 2000;
• Common exercises with U.S. Air Force: "VIPER LANCE 2006" "SNIPER LANCE 2007";
• Common exercises with Great Britain "LONE KITE 03", "LONE CHEETAH 04", "LONE FOIL 05" "DACIAN WOLF 2005";
• ROMEX 2005;

Hungary, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Turkey, RoIAS-2001/2006.

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