Operation Allied Force

Volume 2 - Air War over Serbia 1999

Bojan Dimitrejevic, Lieutenant-General Jovica Draganić

Operation Allied Force was launched by NATO against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia) on 24 March 1999. The authors have analyzed the experiences of both sides, based on original facts and figures, since the they received the opportunity to compare the experiences on relevant sources from both sides.
Date Published :
June 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Illustration :
130 color photos, 38 color profiles, 1 map, 4 diagrams, 5 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915070654
Pages : 104
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


On 24 March 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) launched Operation Allied Force against Serbia, claiming that Serb forces in Kosovo were engaged in ethnic cleansing and gross violations of human rights. Serbia, in turn, claimed to be fighting against an insurgency. This would be the last war in Europe during the 20th century.

The second volume of Operation Allied Force provides in depth analyses of the operation. The authors have analyzed the experiences of both sides, starting from the command chain of the aviation of both air forces and the operations of the Yugoslav/Serb air defenses.

This book explains many “firsts” that occurred in Operation Allied Force: the use of B-2A stealth bombers, new SEAD aviation tactics, and new munitions ranging from JDAM and JSOW to Graphite bombs. It also examines the tactics of Serbian air defenses to minimize the effects of the air strikes, by adopting movement and improvisation. Finally, the authors reveal the level of damage and casualties on the FR Yugoslavia side and comments upon the aircraft losses on both sides.

The analyses are based upon original data as the authors, both the members of the joint Serbian Air Force/USAFE team which analyzed Operation Allied Force in 2005–2006, received the opportunity to compare the experiences of both sides.

Operation Allied Force, Volume 2 is illustrated in full color with photographs, diagrams and other illustrations from the FRY/Serbian Air Force, official USAF/NATO photographs from the US National Archives and original color artworks commissioned for this project.

About The Author

Bojan Dimitrijevic is a historian and Deputy Director of the Institute for Contemporary History, in Belgrade, Serbia. Educated at the Universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, CEU Budapest and University of Bradford. He served as advisor to the Minister to the Serbian MoD, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of Serbia, and as Assistant to the Minister of Defence.

Lieutenant-General Jovica Draganić (ret.) was educated at the Air Force Technical Military High School, Air Force Technical Military Academy (1984), Command-Staff Academy (1996) and National Defence School (1999), and also graduated at Belgrade Electro-technical Faculty, Belgrade University (1990). He served in the 250th Air Defence Missile Brigade for over two decades, in nearly all commanding positions from platoon to brigade commander. Between 2005 and 2017 he served on senior posts within Serbian Armed Forces as: Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Air Defence HQ, Chief of Training/Doctrine Department of General-staff (J-7), Director of the Defence Inspectorate and as Deputy Chief of Staff Serbian Armed Forces. During Operation Allied Force, he commanded the 4th Missile Battalion of the 250th Air Defence Missile Brigade.


"As a modeling reference, there’s a lot to see here. All the photos are in color and the color illustrations include aircraft and vehicles most notably improvised Serbian missile launchers."


"...the narrative is reinforced with an excellent section of photographs and illustrations of aircraft and ground based defensive systems, and an assortment of actual aerial photos of targets."

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