- Air monitoring and informing interested parties on the airspace situation;
- Timely detection and tracking of enemy means for air attack;
- Notification of the armed forces for air space targets;
- Radar protection of combat actions of units for Air Defence.
- Continuous monitoring of air space at all heights;
- Detection of targets at maximum distances based on the equipment capabilities;
- Tracking exposed goals and own aviation;
- Collecting, processing and display of data on the situation in the airspace of the Republic in cVNJ.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Stojanovski
Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Stojanovski was born on 19.05.1980 in Prishtina. He finished primary and secondary education in Skopje, and graduated from the Military Academy “General Mihailo Apostolski” in Skopje.
He started his military career as an Air Surveillance and Reporting Officer. During his military career he has had many command and staff duties at battalion level and on 10th June 2019 he was appointed Commander of the Battalion for Air Surveillance and Reporting.
He has finished many advanced courses for staff officers as well as courses for aviation management and aircraft flight and control like MASE Console Course (control and flying a military aircraft) in the Republic of Croatia. He has also participated in many military exercises in the country.
He completed his Master’s and Doctoral studies at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius and in May 2017 he earned a PhD in Security, Defence and Peace Studies. He has been awarded and commended on many occasions, like the monetary award by COGS in 2009 and the Certificate of Commendation by COGS in 2012 and 2016, as the most significant ones. He speaks English.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Stojanovski is married and has two children.
- Platoon Commander, ASRBn, 2003-2006;
- Company Commander, ASRBn, 2006-2010;
- Personnel Management Officer, ASRBn. 2010-2012;
- ASRBn Deputy Commander, 2012-2019.
- Second Lieutenant 2003-2006
- Lieutenant 2006-2010;
- Captain 2010-2015;
- Major 2015-2019;
- Lieutenant Colonel 2019.
The foundations of the Macedonian Air Force were set on 6th of April 1992, when the Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov signed Decision No. 60 on forming Air Force and Air Defence Command.
The first working day with the new organizational and formational structure of pVNJIN (Regiment for air monitoring, calling and guiding) was on 10th of April 1992, in the barracks N.H.S. Pindzur.
The first enlisted soldier in pVNJIN – Jonche Jangelovski., arrived on 1st of March 1994.
It is worth saying that during 1995 the unit was equipped with a radar observer “NAR M-61” of Yugoslav origin, taken from the airport in Ohrid; in addition, the first operating centre of VV and PVO was installed and equipped, and the radar observer was put into function.
In the course of 1998, a connection was made with the military and civilian segment, i.e. receiving data from Air Traffic Control “Petrovec” was enabled.
During 2001 and 2002 a change of the unit’s formational structure was made, from a regiment to a battalion level. In the same period the unit was equipped with a donation from the French Navy, with two radars DRVN 2C produced in 1958. At the same time, a radar position “Veligden” was set up in Bitola.
On 1st of March 2006 the unit was transformed from bVNJ into Air Monitoring Operational Centre (OCVN) and was directly under the GS of ARM.
From recent history it is worthwhile noting that the unit has entered into a process of modernization of the whole work system. For this purpose, the Ministry of Defence, GS of ARM and experts from the unit formed an Integrated Project Team to deliver the National Centre for Air monitoring and Commanding Project.
The construction of a new operational centre for VNJ according to NATO standards is in its final stage. In this Centre equipment will be installed, and all air operations on a national level will be conducted from there.
In terms of regional cooperation, the unit participates in the ASDE (Air Situation Data Exchange) program. The ASDE program envisages exchange of radar image data on the situation in the airspace between Republic of Macedonia and NATO (i.e. a neighbouring country that is a NATO member, in this case Republic of Greece).