Setting a date prazdnichka due to the fact that in April the government to make important decisions about the organization of defense of the country, which became the basis for the construction of our country's air defense system, the organizational structure of the Air Defense Forces, their formation and future development.
History-defense, as a special kind of support in the armed defense of the country, goes back several decades. In December of 1914 to fight with the German and Austrian airplanes appeared first unit equipped with light machine guns and cannons.
Baptism of fire for the air defense forces was majestic Russian war. Quite mention air battle over Moscow, Leningrad, Kursk, where the German air force suffered heavy losses. During the war the air defense forces shot down more than 7,500 aircraft, destroyed over 1,000 tanks, over 1,500 guns of the enemy.
For the awards air defense forces during the war, and for completing the fundamental tasks in peacetime by the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on 20 February 1975 was established municipal prazdnichek — Day troops Defense is celebrated on April 11.
Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on October 1, 1980 Day Air Defense Forces has been moved to the second Sunday of April, the date was fixed by the Decree of 2006, which was mentioned above.