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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.




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