SOKO Vazduhoplovna Industrija, Ro Vazduhoplovstvo
Soko Air Ltd
Founded as Preduzece SOKO in October 1950, and produced license-built Westland Whirlwind helicopters. Designed the G-2A Galeb two-seat armed jet basic trainer (first flown 1961), produced for the Yugoslav Air Force and for export. Designed the J-1/RJ-1 Jastreb attack and reconnaissance versions of Galeb, and the P-2 Kraguj piston-engined counterinsurgency aircraft (first flown 1966); the G-4 Super Galeb jet trainer (first flown July 1978). Built the Aerospatiale/Westland Gazelle helicopter under license in several versions, including Partizan, GAMA antiarmor model and HERA reconnaissance model; and joined lAv Craiova of Romania in development/ production of J-22 Orao/IAR-93 attack aircraft (first flown 1974 but out of production before all deliveries made, due to regional conflict).
Privatized 1991, at which time extensive subcontract work included components/ assemblies for Airbus, ATR, Dassault, de Havilland, EMBRAER, Eurocopter, McDonnell Douglas and Tupolev commercial aircraft. Did not go out of business during regional conflict that followed, but had short periods of inactivity during the worst of the troubles.
Following 1998 restructure of Soko company and its division into several smaller concerns under Soko Holding Co, Soko Air Ltd. was created at the Mostar-Rodoc factory to undertake its aviation programs. They include the Soko 2 two-seat very light monoplane (first flown November 1996) and LH1 two/three-seat light helicopter, which was at an advanced stage of design at time of writing. Other work includes civil aircraft component production for international customers, and design of four- and six-seat lightplanes.