Monday, 16 August 2021

The Taliban Air Force - An Inventory Assessment

 
By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans

 
The list only includes captured Afghan aircraft of which photographic or videographic evidence is available. Therefore, the amount of aircraft captured is undoubtedly higher than what is listed here. Not all aircraft captured in intact condition are operational at the time of capture. Thus, the number of aircraft captured by the Taliban thus doesn't translate into an operational fleet of similar size. Civilian aircraft are not included in this list.
 

Aircraft captured intact:

 

Aircraft (13)

  • 1 A-29B light attack aircraft: (1)
  • 1 Cessna 208 utility aircraft: (1)
  • 3 L-39 jet trainer: (1, 2 and 3) [Inoperational for several years at the time of capture]  
  • 8 An-26/32 transport aircraft: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) [Inoperational for several years at the time of capture]  
 

Helicopters (42)

 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (7)


Aircraft captured at Kabul International Airport but rendered disabled by U.S. forces (73 reported):

 

Aircraft (27)

 

Helicopters (43)

 
This list is constantly updated as new footage becomes available.

 1x A-29B light attack aircraft:
 

Mazar-i-Sharif, captured on the 15th of August 2021

1x Cessna 208 utility aircraft:
 

Kandahar, captured on the 15th of August 2021

8x An-26/32 transport aircraft
 

Kabul, captured on the 29th of August 2021

Kabul, captured on the 29th of August 2021

Kabul, captured on the 29th of August 2021

4x UH-60A Blackhawk:

Ghazni, captured on the 13th of August 2021

Ghazni, captured on the 13th of August 2021

Kandahar, captured on the 14th of August 2021

Kandahar, captured on the 14th of August 2021

13x Mi-24/Mi-35 Hind

Kunduz, captured on the 11th of August 2021

Kabul, captured on the 29th of August 2021

Kabul, captured on the 29th of August 2021

Kabul, captured on the 29th of August 2021

Kabul, captured on the 29th of August 2021

11x Mi-8/17 Hip

Unknown, captured on the 14th of August 2021

Unknown, captured on the 14th of August 2021

Shindand, captured on the 13th of August 2021

Shindand, captured on the 13th of August 2021

Herat, captured on the 14th of August 2021

Herat, captured on the 14th of August 2021

Kandahar, captured on the 14th of August 2021

Unknown, captured on the 6th of July 2021

Kandahar, captured on the 14th of August 2021

Kandahar, captured on the 14th of August 2021

10x MD 530F Attack Helicopter:

Mazar-i-Sharif, captured on the 15th of August 2021

Mazar-i-Sharif, captured on the 15th of August 2021

Kandahar, captured on the 15th of August 2021

Ghazni, captured on the 13th of August 2021

Bolan, captured on the 13th of August 2021

Unknown, captured on the 15th of August 2021

Helmand, captured on the 15th of August 2021

7x ScanEagle UAV
 

Kunduz, captured on the 12th of August 2021

Unknown, captured on the 12th of August 2021

Unknown, captured on the 12th of August 2021

Unknown, captured on the 12th of August 2021


16 comments:

  1. Holy crap that’s a lot of weaponary!!! Biden had a poor exit plan. Not the enemy has the goods, and the world is in more danger

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    1. Those helicopters were in terrible airworthiness shape. They're unlikely to be able to fly much.

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    2. The technical team of Pakistan Air Force will its supply of Mi 17/Mi8 spares will make all to afghan Mi choppers airworthy, for those Black Hawks and MD530s will be somewhat flyworthy by canablizing the damaged ones

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  2. I wondered that Iran could take that opportunity and bribe afghan pilots to come to Iran, with new airframes and reverse engineering capacities and embargo still going, it could greetly help the IRIAF to get blackhawk airframes or also super tucanos or C-130. They still could buy some aiframes of Mi-17 to cannibalise them. For the MD-530 I think north Korea will be happy to.buy them lol

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    1. Why would they have to bribe these guys?

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    2. Because Iran is predominately Shia and the Taliban is Sunni. I highly doubt they would sell to Iran. To North Korea they would probably sell ironically...

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  3. The Doha Talks US Envoy Khalilzad and Biden deliberately short changed the soldiers life sacrifices and public money of USA & NATO boys

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    1. Trump was President and negotiated the Doha talks, nice try though.

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    2. Still need spare parts and experience as to mechanics

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    3. Agree with JR. well said. The culprit and major bumbler in this debacle is Trump. He freed Baradar, And left Al Quesda man Haqanni and “negotiated” with the with Taliban demands (bunch of criminals) agreed to every demand by the Taliban including keeping the legitimate US sanctioned and duly elected government of Afghanistan and agreeing to a deadline of leaving on May 1st 2021. The supreme bumbler did not realize the significance of the date asked for by the Taliban of May. The fighting season in Afghanistan is from May to October after that you have snow and ice. That is because our bumbler does not know the climate or geography. I am sure he did not listen to his generals. No surprise. Biden is just cleaning up the crap left over from the Trump dealings. A deal maker indeed?!

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  4. Il fallait bien terminer cette guerre peut être autrement heureusement que les vrais pertes militaires n ont pas été divulguer ça aurait provoquer une crise politique

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  5. Les pertes militaires sont toujours minimiser tous les pays font cela

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  6. These captured Units are now fondly referred to as New Targets for the U.S.A.

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  7. Those L39 were Czechoslovakia built, not USSR

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