Afghanistan   Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC)
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Afghanestan)

Afghan National Army Air Force  •  Army AD &SSM Units  •  Foreign Air Forces  •  Afghan National Police  •   •   •   • 

Afghan Armed Forces: Afghan National Army (ANA, includes Afghan Air Force (AAF)

Afghan National Army and Afghan Air Corps. There are also militias authorized by the government.


3,000 personnel.

Forces by Role & Equipment by Type

AIRCRAFT No combat capable. Total 65 Aircraft.

Transport 56 Tpt ac:

Tactical transport 44 Tac Tpt ac:

2 Lockheed C-130H Hercules

5 Antonov An-32B Cline;

2 Antonov An-26 Curl;

1 Antonov An-12 Cub (Ex-Russian; aid; delivery 2002)

14 Alenia C-27A Spartan (6 more on order: C-27A tactical transport ac);

20 Alenia G222 (Ex-Italian; $317 m deal (bought via and financed by USA); modernized before delivery)

Light Transport/ Advanced fixed-wing trainer 12 LtTpt ac:

6 Cessna-208B Grand Caravan (20 on order: Ce-208B Light transport ac.)

6 Cessna-180 Skywagon (Light aircraft)

Training 9 Trg ac:

Advanced Flying Training 3 Adv Trg ac:

3 Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros

Basic Flying Training 6 Bsc Trg ac:

6 Cessna T-182T Skylane

20 Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano (Ordered A-29 Super Tucano Trainer/combat ac: $355 m deal (bought via USA); from US production line; delivery 2014-2015)

18 Pilatus PC-12N Light transport/ Special operations / ISR ac (Afghan Special Forces In June 2013 the Special Investigator General Afghan Reconstruction: $218 m deal; ordered via USA and modified in USA for reconnaissance role before delivery)

HELICOPTER 11 Attack capable. Total 80 Helicopters.

Anti-Armour Attack 11 Atk hel:

+ Mil Mi-35P Hind-F (?)

6 Mil Mi-24V Hind-E (Ex-Czech; modernized before delivery; aid (aircraft donated by Czech Republic and modernization funded by NATO); delivery 2007-2008)

5 Mil Mi-24D Hind-D (Ex-Russian; aid; status uncertain; delivery 2002)

Support 55 Spt (Tpt) hel:

21 Mil Mi-17V-5 Hip-H ($375m deal (bought via USA); delivery 2011-2012)

10 Mil Mi-17V-5 Hip-H (financed by UAE; delivery 2010)

15 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H (Ex-Russian; delivery 2002-2009)

6 Mil Mi-8MT/Mi-17/Hip-H (second-hand; financed by UAE)

3 Mi-8MT (Ex-Slovak; aid; delivery 2007-2008)

Rotary Flying Training 14 Trg hel:

6 Mil Mi-17V-1 Hip-H (Probably second-hand; incl for training of Afghan crews and US instructors in USA; delivery 2011)

2 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H (Ex-Bulgarian Mi-17 version bought by UK for 'Project Curium' training of Afghan pilots in UK and donated to Afghanistan after end of programme; delivery 2009-2010)

6 MD-500E/F (Light helicopter)


Afghan Air Force Main Headquarters: Kabul HQ (Army Staff)
Afghan AF Airfields and Airbases Organisation:


Kabul North is primary ANAAC airfield with Presidential Flt and bulk of tpt and hel assets. Kandahar with 6 tpt ac, 6 Mi-17 and 2 Mi-24 Shindand with 2 tpt ac and 4 Mi-17.

Kabul Air Base - Air Corps

Transport Squadron: An-2/26/32

Combat Helicopter Squadron: Mi-24V/35

Transport Helicopter Squadron: Mi-8/17

Herat Air Base

Fighter Squadron: MiG-21bis/UM, Su-20

Note: Afghanistan has 19 airports with paved runways (over 3,047 m: 4 2,438 to 3,047 m: 3 1,524 to 2,437 m: 8 914 to 1,523 m: 2 under 914 m: 2), and 34 airports with unpaved runways (2,438 to 3,047 m: 5 1,524 to 2,437 m: 14 914 to 1,523 m: 6 under 914 m: 9), and 11 heliports.

Afghanistan AF

   Afghanistan AF News:

French Unit May Work With UK UAV Team in Afghanistan

• French Unit May Work With UK UAV Team in Afghanistan  (5.04.2014)

NATO to Suspend Cooperation with Russia on Afghan Choppers, Training

• NATO to Suspend Cooperation with Russia on Afghan Choppers, Training  (2.04.2014)

Pentagon Signs New Russian Helicopter Deal

• Pentagon Signs New Russian Helicopter Deal  (17.06.2013)

• The Afghanistan War May End by 2024 Maybe  (19.05.2013)

• Osprey reputation rebounds in Afghanistan  (19.05.2013)

• Russia to Deliver 12 More Mi-17 Helicopters to Afghanistan  (16.05.2013)

• Should India Provide Direct Military Aid to Afghanistan?

• Afghan Air Force developing its capabilities

• 4 Airmen killed in MC-12 Liberty crash in Afghanistan

• 4 Airmen killed in MC-12 Liberty crash in Afghanistan

• Dubai bound freighter crashes in Afghanistan

• Taliban seize Turks and Russians from downed helicopter

• FLIR imaging system for Super Tucanos


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