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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.

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.

OVERVIEW



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.






#1
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Antonov An-12 (Cub)
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
Military Transport Aircraft
#2
1967
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Antonov An-22 Antei
Antonov An-22 Antei
Heavy-Lift Turbo-Prop Transport Aircraft
#3
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
Strategic Transport / Tanker Aircraft
#4
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
Swing-Wing Ground Attack Aircraft
#5
1952
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
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#6
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Single-Seat Supersonic Fighter Aircraft
#7
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) / Maritime Patrol Navy Helicopter
#8
1973
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
Armed Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter
#9
1962
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
Military / Civilian Multirole Helicopter
#10
1967
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Multirole Medium-Lift Helicopter
#11
1970
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
Ground Attack / Strike Fighter Aircraft
#12
1974
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)
Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)
Long-Range Strike / Attack Aircraft
#13
1981
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Frogfoot)
Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Frogfoot)
Close-Air Support (CAS) / Ground Attack Aircraft
#14
1954
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
Reconnaissance / Electronic Warfare / Heavy Bomber
#15
1962
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder)
Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder)
Medium Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft