Now if you look at this:
Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces to go on duty on Thursday
Russia’s newly created Aerospace Defense Forces (VKO) will officially go on duty on Thursday, VKO spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin said.
“At 10:00 am Moscow time (06:00 GMT) on December 1, the first shift of the Aerospace Defense Forces command will go on duty,” Zolotukhin told journalists in Moscow on Wednesday.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed the creation of the VKO, an analog of the European missile defense system, to replace the Russian Space Forces, in 2010. The VKO brings together the air defense and missile defense systems, as well as the early missile warning and space control systems, under a unified command.
“The VKO system is capable of destroying enemy ballistic missiles attacking important state objects, observe space objects, detect threats to Russia from space, and respond to such threats if needed, as well as launch spacecraft and fulfill other tasks,” Zolotukhin said.
More than 3,000 military and civil personnel will be joining VKO units on a daily basis, he added.
It seems to not mention air defence except the line "The VKO brings together the air defense and missile defense systems, as well as the early missile warning and space control systems, under a unified command."
The focus seems to be more an ABM and space defence, yet there is little point in defending a strategic site from ballistic missiles if cruise missiles can just fly in and hit them, or stealth bombers fly in and drop dumb bombs on them for that matter.
If you look back at this article I posted:
Russia Keeps 30 MiG-31 Interceptors on High-Alert Duty
MiG-31 interceptors are an integral part of a comprehensive aerospace defense network being created in Russia to thwart any potential airborne threats, including ballistic and cruise missiles.
So Air and Space Defence forces, has become Aerospace Defence Forces, so instead of VKKO it perhaps retains the acronym of VKO but with slightly different words meaning air and space instead of space... and Mig-31s are an integral part of the new network.
Military and space defense covers 2 / 3 of Russia
Space defense will work 70 thousand Russian officers
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Mozhaisk (Moscow Region), July 22 - RIA Novosti. Joint Forces Strategic Command (USC) military space defense (ASD) cover two-thirds of the territory of Russia, told reporters on Friday the commander of the USC WSO Lt. Gen. Valery Ivanov.
"We camouflage two-thirds of the country, we have about 800 people daily intrudes on duty - protecting the city of Moscow," - he said.
According to Ivanov, the main task of ASD - to cover the capital and the central industrial areas.
The general also said that by the year 2015 is expected to supply troops in the new complex the S-500. "By 2015 we'll have new radio equipment - new fighters and new S-500" - he said. According to him, that "this is an entirely new generation technology."
On creation of a unified system of ASD Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced in November 2010 to address the Federal Assembly. We are talking about a uniform system that will perform all the tasks set before the EBA for the future - including the prevention, detection, elimination, suppression and protection facilities.
USC troops ASD are based on a special command, which will provide air and missile defense of Moscow. They should be part of a unified system of ASD Russia. Now USC WSO controls the airspace over the central industrial region of Russia and is responsible for air defense of Moscow. The troops of cover in total more than 140 objects of government, industry and energy, transport and communications, as well as nuclear power plants.
I think this portion of translated news report that responds to some claims that the VKO was taking over from the VVS:
In July, the commander of the operational-strategic command (USC) ASD Lt. Gen. Valery Ivanov, in turn, reported that the aircraft that solves the problem of air defense, after the formation of a new kind of forces would report directly to the commander of the WSO USC.
So they might be VVS planes but they get their orders from the new VKO.