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Afghanistan - Air Force Equipment


Afghanistan Air Force Equipment

Modernization

Aircraft Source Inventory
1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2013 2015 2020 2025 2030
Personnel (In Thousands) - - - - 1? 3 6 6 7 7 7
Active -- -- -- -- 1? 3 6 6 7 7 7
Reserve -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Attack ~20 50 - - - - - 20? 20 20 20
Light Air Support US -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 20? 20 20 20
Su-25 Frogfoot RU -- 50 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Il-28 Beagle RU ~20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Fighter ~127 100 190 ~22 ~51 - - - - - -
3rd Generation 52 70 110+ ~22 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
MiG-23 Flogger RU -- 30 30 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
MiG-21F Fishbed RU 40 30 80 + -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Su-17 / Su-22 Fitter RU 12 10 + + -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2nd Generation ~75 30 + .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Su-7B Fitter RU 25 30 + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
MiG-17 Fresco RU ~50 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Transport ~38 76 52 ~23 + 12 15 4 4 4 4
Medium 15 52 + ~24 + 3 .. 4 4 4 4
C-130H Hercules US -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4 4 4 4
An-24/-26/-30/-32 Coke / Curl RU 15 40 + ~24 + 3 -- -- -- -- --
An-12 Cub RU -- 12 + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Light ~22 22 + .. .. 9 15 .. .. .. ..
C-27A / G.222 Spartan SU -- -- -- -- -- 9 15 -- -- -- --
An-2 Colt RU ~10 10 + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
An-14 Clod RU 12 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Passenger 1 2 2 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Il-18D Coot RU 1 2 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
TRAINING + 42 43 5 2 2 20 52? 52? 52? 52?
Jet - Advanced + 18 18 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
MiG-21U Fishbed RU + 18 18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Jet - Intermediate + 24 25 5 2 2 .. .. .. .. ..
L-39 Albatross CZ + 18 25 52 2 23 -- -- -- -- --
MiG-15UTI Fagot RU + 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Piston + .. .. .. .. .. 20 52? 52? 52? 52?
Cessna 2084 Caravan US -- -- -- -- -- -- 14 20 20 20 20
Cessna 1824 Skylane US -- -- -- -- -- -- 6 32? 32? 32? 32?
Yak-18 Max RU + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Helicopter

GTOW ~72 102 92 + 13 27 52 68 92 92 92
Attack ~30 30 20 + 5 9 6 6 .. .. ..
Mi-24 / Mi-25 / Mi-35 Hind RU / CZ ~305 30 20 + 5 9 6 6 -- -- --
Transport - Intermediate 10-ton ~30 60 60 + 8 18 40 56 86 86 86
Mi-8 / -17 Hip RU / UK / BUL ~30 60 60 + 8 18 40 56 86 86 86
Transport - Medium 5-ton 12 12 12 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Mi-4 Hound RU ~12 12 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Light / Utility .. .. .. .. .. .. 6 6 6 6 6
MD 530F US -- -- -- -- -- -- 6 6 6 6 6
Air Defense
SAM 235 225 225 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
SA-3 RU 115 110 110 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
SA-2 RU 120 115 115 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Artillery, Anti-Aircraft + + + .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
100mm KS-19 RU + + + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
85mm KS-12 RU + + + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
37mm M-1939 RU + + + -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Notes

    1 - According to the IISS The Military Balance there were 5 fighter/ground attack aircraft of indeterminate type operation in 2005.

    2 - According to the IISS The Military Balance these aircraft were utilized in the ground attack role.

    3 - According to the SIPRI Trade Registers there was reportedly a $3 million deal in 2010 for an additional 3 L-39 aircraft in 2010. US Department of Defense reports on progress in Afghanistan as of 2013 made no mention of L-39 aircraft at all as being in the Afghan Air Force inventory.

    4 - The SIPRI Trade Register mentions the planned sale of 6 TA-4J "Skyhawk" trainer aircraft to Afghanistan. This appears to be a confusion between the TA-4J trainer and the Cessna 172 "Skyhawk" aircraft. The US Department of Defense noted a planned purchase of 32 "Cessna-like" aircraft for the Afghan Air Force for training purposes and Afghan pilots had been training on simulators for the Cessna 172. It later turned out that Cessna 182 Skylanes were purchased. Cessna 208s were also purchased, bringing into question whether a total of 32 182s would be purchased or whether this number included a planned 20 208s. The Cessna 208s were also in service as light transports.

    5 - According to the IISS The Military Balance there were 10 non-operational airframes as well, and more were being delivered.




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