Soviet-Afghan War Aircraft (1979-1989)
Technological and logistical superiority would, once again, show a Superpower of the Cold War that winning regional conflicts were not as easy as expected.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. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.
There are a total of 15 Soviet-Afghan War Aircraft (1979-1989) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
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Despite its age, the Soviet-era Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft series is still used around the globe in both civilian and ...
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 was an all-new, strike-minded variant of the successful MiG-23 interceptor....
The Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 jet fighter was a major improvement over the classic MiG-15 series....
The successful Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21 Fishbed was a giant leap from earlier MiG turbojet-powered, swept-wing fight...
The Soviet-era Mil-14 Haze was developed exclusively for the maritime Anti-Submarine Warfare role - some still see ...
The Soviet-era Mil Mi-24 Hind series of helicopters can be called on to accomplish a variety of roles in war or pea...
The Mil Mi-6 Hook heavy-lift transport helicopter continues to serve around the world despite production concluding...
Use of the Mil Mi-8 Hip was worldwide with the type being utilized in its military and civilian guises....
The Soviet Sukhoi Su-17 Fitter - and its export derivatives, the Su-20 and Su-22 - were swing-wing developments of ...
Even after its Cold War-era decades of service, the nuclear-capable Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer strike platform still prese...
Due to its distinct over-battlefield role, the Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot has been likened to the legendary Ilyushin IL-...
The Tu-16 Badger was one of the most important medium aircraft of the USSR during the Cold War....