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Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance
 Air Regiment in Chimkent
in the eighties

The 381st regiment's both air squadrons received Su-17M3 Fitter-H reconnaissance airplane between 1980 and 1982. The crews of one squadron of the Regiment was fighting in Afghanistan for a year with Su-17M3 Fitter-H type between 1985 and 1986. The regiments were deployed at Bagram airports and suffered great losses. They lost four Su-17M3 Fitter-H reconnaissance airplane and one pilot in a year.

USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17M3R Fitter-H in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17UM3 Fitter-G in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's crews in Chimkent Soviet 381st idependent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17UM3 Fitter-G in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17M3R Fitter-H in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17M3 Fitter-H in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's pilots in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17M3 Fitter-H in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17M3R Fitter-H in Chimkent Soviet IL-76 Candid in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17UM3 Fitter-G in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's pilot in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's pilots in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's crews in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17UM3 Fitter-G in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17M3R Fitter-H in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17M3 Fitter-H in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17UM3 Fitter-G in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17UM3 Fitter-G in Chimkent
USSR 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's crews in Chimkent Soviet 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's crews in Chimkent

In 1992 the Russian Army withdrew from Kazakhstan. The 381st independent Reconnaissance Air Regimentís aircrafts and the Chimkent airbase moved to the Kazakhstan Air Force. The regimentís crews consisted of 80% Ukrainian, 12% Russian, 3% Kazakh and 5% other nationality. Foreigner crews went back to Europe. Kazakhstan didn't have a crew to operate the airplanes, therefore the regiment disbanded.

Photos: Alexey Kharmaev collection

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Soviet Union, USSR, Soviet Air Forces, VVS, Cold War, Soviet Central Asian Military District, 73rd Tactical Air Army 1983, 381th independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment, Chimkent, 381th independent Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment, Su-17M3 Fitter-H, Afghan War, Bagram, Sukhoi

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