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Soviet-Afghan War Aircraft (1979-1989)

Aviation | Cold War


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.

There are a total of [ 15 ] Soviet-Afghan War Aircraft (1979-1989) entries 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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