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Soviet-Afghan War Aircraft (1979-1989)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/11/2014

Another decade brought yet another war between Arab nations and Israel, this becoming the Six Day War of 1967.

Despite its obvious technological superiority, the Soviet military was poorly supplied and directed during the nine-years-long-plus campaign in Asia. Its bombers and fighters were largely marginalized so air support fell to armed gunship helicopters to quell the unrest along the vastness of the Afghan countryside. Soviet strategy was rooted in Central European warfare - not against a fluid, determined guerilla force - limiting the effectiveness of the Soviet campaigns as a whole before its ultimate withdrawal in 1989.


There are a total of 15 Soviet-Afghan War Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1959
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
The Antonov An-12 (NATO codename of "Cub") was the primary medium-lift military transport of the Soviet Union and its satelli...
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-12 (Cub)

1967
Antonov An-22 Antei
With one of the largest ground armies in the world during the Cold War, the Soviet military required many large transport typ...
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-22 Antei

1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s and is still operating to...
Thumbnail picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)

1975
Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
The Mikoyan MiG-27 "Flogger" was derived from the successful MiG-23 "Flogger" interceptor and made into a dedicated ground at...
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)

1952
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco) / Chengdu J-5
As impressive as the later versions of the MiG-15 fighter were (detailed elsewhere on this site), the MiG-17 "Fresco" was a v...
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco) / Chengdu J-5

1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
The MiG-21 was undoubtedly the most successful Cold War fighter in terms of reach, operating in over 50 air forces around the...
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)

1975
Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
The Mil Mi-14 (NATO codename "Haze") was a dedicated naval anti-submarine helicopter appearing in limited production numbers ...
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-14 (Haze)

1973
Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
The famous Mil Mi-24 "Hind" helicopter stemmed from a Soviet Cold-War requirement for a heavily armed and armored transport h...
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-24 (Hind)

1962
Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
The Mil Mi-6 was an inventory stalwart for the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. For a time, the Mi-6 represen...
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-6 (Hook)

1967
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be viewed as one of the most ...
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-8 (Hip)

1970
Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
The Mach 2-capable Sukhoi Su-17 "Fitter" was a further development of the successful Su-7 "Fitter-A" fighter/fighter-bomber f...
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)

1974
Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)
The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" was the Soviet answer to the American General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The Soviet design was no dou...
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)

1981
Sukhoi Su-25 (Frogfoot)
Since the early 1980s, the Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO codename of "Frogfoot") has served the close-support air strike interests of th...
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-25 (Frogfoot)

1954
Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
The Tupolev Tu-16 (codenamed "Badger" by NATO) owed its success story to the Cold War and its own versatility. Throughout its...
Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)

1962
Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder)
The Soviet/Russian Tupolev concern has had a long and established history in developing and producing large bomber-class airc...
Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder)