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Soviet-Afghan War Aircraft (1979-1989)


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

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