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List of Afghan Air Force aircraft

This list of Afghan Air Force aircraft covers all aircraft operated by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and its predecessors, including the Royal Afghan Air Force, Air and Air Defense Force of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and the air forces of the various militias and warlords.

By name

MD 530F firing off its gun pods
  • Aero L-39 Albatros: 35 received from 1977, three reported in use in 1999 by Dostum-Gulbuddin Militia, three remaining in Air Force service, current status unknown
  • Aeritalia C-27A: 20 of these tactical transports have been ordered by the United States for delivery from Italy by 2012. Delivered, but no longer in service
  • Antonov An-2: More than a dozen received from 1957 for a variety of utility transport roles, some may have remained in service with various forces through 2000
  • Antonov An-12: 20 received from 1981 for heavy airlift duties, operational until 2001
  • Antonov An-14: 12 received from 1985 as utility transports, operational through 1991
  • Antonov An-24: 6 received from 1975 as passenger transports, operational through 2001
  • Antonov An-26: More than fifty received from 1975 as military cargo transports, operational until 2009
  • Antonov An-30: One received in 1985, did not survive the 1990s
  • Antonov An-32: As many as seventy three received from 1987 as military cargo transports suited to Afghanistan's hot and high environment, operational until 2011
  • Avro Anson 18: 13 received from 1948, with the last removed in 1972
  • Bartel BM-4b: One obtained in 1928
  • Breda Ba.25/28: Eight obtained from 1937, eliminated by 1945
  • Bristol F.2 Fighter: Three obtained in 1919, served through 1929
  • Boeing 727: 3 Entering service as VIP transports
  • Cessna T182T: Six used between 2011 and 2016. Used as a basic trainer.[1]
  • Cessna 208B: 26 aircraft currently in service
  • de Havilland DH.9A: Two added in 1924
  • de Havilland R-1: 16 obtained from 1924 to 1926
  • Embraer A-29 Super Tucano: Advanced fixed wing trainer and COIN Attack aircraft. 20 on order by 2019; first four received on Jan 2016
  • HAL Cheetah 3 obtained from 2014, currently operational
  • Hawker Hart: Eight obtained from 1937, soon replaced
  • Hawker Hind: 28 obtained from 1938, served as late as 1957 (one flying model currently in Shuttleworth Collection)
  • Ilyushin Il-10: Unconfirmed
  • Ilyushin Il-14: 26 received from 1955 on, served through 2001
  • Ilyushin Il-18: 5 received from 1968, served through 2001
  • Ilyushin Il-28: 50 received as bombers plus 4 more as trainers from 1957, finally retired in 1994, although trainers may have remained through 2001
  • IMAM Ro.37: 16 obtained for reconnaissance from 1937, out of service by 1941 (one on static display at Italian Embassy, Kabul)
  • Junkers A.20: One squadron equipped from 1925 through 1929
  • Junkers F.13fe: 4 obtained in 1924 and served through 1939
  • Junkers G.24ge: 1 obtained in 1928
  • Lockheed C-130 Hercules: 4 C-130H models obtained in 2013 as replacements for the C-27A's
  • MD 530F: 18 currently operational.
  • Mikoyan MiG-15: 4 fighters received in 1951 and remained through 1979
  • Mikoyan MiG-15UTI: 38 trainers received from 1957 and served as late as 1998
  • Mikoyan MiG-17F/PF: 100 fighters received from 1957
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19: 36 acquired by the Royal Afghan Air Force from 1964
  • Mikoyan MiG-21F-13: 40 fighters received from 1965 and serving up to 1999
  • Mikoyan MiG-21MF: 70 fighters received from 1980 and serving up to 2001
  • Mikoyan MiG-21bis: 50 fighters received from 1980 and serving up to 1999
  • Mil Mi-1: 12 utility helicopters received from 1957 and retained through 1976
  • Mil Mi-2: About six delivered for use as utility transport helicopters in 1982
  • Mil Mi-4: 18 utility helicopters received from 1963 and remaining in service as late as 1997
  • Mil Mi-6: Perhaps served briefly during the Soviet presence
  • Mil Mi-8: 30 transport helicopters received from 1971
  • Mil Mi-17: 35 transport helicopters delivered from 1987, with 98 currently in Air Force service (including three dedicated to presidential/distinguished visitor airlift)
  • Mil Mi-24: 115 assault helicopters delivered from 1979
  • Mil Mi-35: As of 2015, 6 in Air Force service, to be partially replaced by 20 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano[2]
  • Nieuport 24: Unknown number obtained from 1921
  • Pilatus PC-12: Special operations light transport/ utility aircraft, operational from 2014
  • Potez 25: One obtained in 1928, destroyed in 1929
  • Sopwith 1½ Strutter: A few obtained from 1921, discarded by 1925
  • Sukhoi Su-7: 30 attack and 16 trainer models received from 1972 and serving to 1999
  • Sukhoi Su-17: 25 attack aircraft delivered from 1982, serving to 2001
  • Sukhoi Su-22: 45 attack aircraft delivered from 1984, serving to 2001
  • UH-60A: Four in use for training, with over 150 to be gradually delivered in the coming years
  • Yakovlev Yak-11: 14 primary trainers obtained from 1958, serving to 1999
  • Yakovlev Yak-18: 14 trainers obtained from 1957, serving 2001

By date of service

1924 to 1929
1937 to 1967
1967 to 1979
1983 to 1994

References

  1. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. June 2016. p. 29.
  2. ^ "Heli Expo 2015 Preview", page 127. Helicopter International, Volume 38 Number 4 January - February 2015. ISSN 0143-1005. Archive