One question that has been raised by military experts is whether the Afghan Air Force has left any legacy for the Taliban.

The first is the Cessna 208. This is a multi-role aircraft purchased by Afghanistan from the US. In total, this country owns 34 aircraft, of which 10 were converted into attack aircraft, 24 are multi-purpose transport aircraft. This transport aircraft is capable of transporting quite a large number of people, most likely those that are still flying, have been flown by pilots to bring their families abroad.

With the A-29 Super Tucano, the story is quite different. This is a two-seat attack aircraft, purchased from Brazil by Afghanistan. Since it only had two seats, it most likely could not be used as an evacuation vehicle. This means that it is possible that the Taliban will have the opportunity to own these planes. Of course, the Taliban can completely requisition the pilots and mechanics of the old government to put these attack planes into operation immediately.

What did the Afghan Air Force have
What did the Afghan Air Force have?

In addition, in the payroll of the Afghan Air Force, there were many types of helicopters. The most numerous were Mi-8/17 helicopters, with the number up to 95. This is a transport helicopter with a large payload, so it is not excluded that a very large number of these helicopters have been used to evacuate the Afghan government’s cabinet abroad.

In the service of the Afghan Air Force there is also an armed helicopter, the Mi-24 helicopters. A few days ago, the Taliban even captured an armed helicopter of this type as a trophy. According to many sources, Afghanistan previously owned at least eight armed helicopters of this type, mainly donated by foreign countries to serve in the fight against the Taliban. However, so far, most of Afghanistan’s Mi-24 helicopters are in a state of maintenance and cannot immediately return to operation.

In addition, there are Bell UH-1 helicopters used by the Afghan military in the number of about 10, dedicated to special missions, air support or amphibious. And most likely it was also used for evacuations.

Finally, the UH-60 helicopters, which are extremely modern multi-role helicopters, are also currently being used by the US and many Western countries in very large numbers. The Afghan Air Force owned 16 aircraft, and was ordering another 143 to enhance its transport capacity. However, after the fall of the Afghan government, it is likely that all UH-60s on order will be cancelled. The remaining were taken by the Taliban as trophies, and it is also difficult to operate for long without spare parts from the US.


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