There was a need for more fighter bomber forces in the Soviet-Afghan War. Therefore, two former Air Defence fighter interceptor air regiment was reorganized in 1983. The 166th and the 976th Fighter Air Regiment PVO become Fighter Air Bomber Regiment and received Su-17M3 ‘Fitter-H' and Su-17M ‘Fitter-C’ bombers.
The 171st regiment moved to Far Eastern Military District with Su-15TM ‘Flagon-F’ interceptor in 1982. Instead, the 529th Fighter Air Regiment PVO arrived from the north Anadyr/Ugolnyye Kopi airfield to Gudauta, Bombora airport with Yak-28P ‘Fireball’ long-range interceptors.