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Soviet Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force
in January 1, 1988

Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force  Order of Battle MAP

From 1979 to 1989, the Soviet Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force units continuously conducted missions over Afghanistan. As the units settled at airports near the Afghan border they were frequently deployed throughout the war. The three fighter-bomber regiments and a front bomber regiment became the subordinate to the 34th Fighter Bomber Air Division from 1984.

 

Weekdays on Kokayty airport in the eighties

Soviet Su-17 Fitter bombers at Mary-2 air base

During eleven years, just the 136th Fighter Bomber Air Regiment performed 17 500 missions in Afghanistan! The Air Army's work horse was the Su-17 Fitter fighter-bomber type. During the war 16 of the Soviet front air force's 31 lost Su-17's was lost by the Soviet Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force.

Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force Order of Battle in 1988

* basic version of the type, Su-17 Fitter

Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force Order of Battle  in 1988
The 136th Fighter Bomber Air Regiment's Su-17M3 Fitter-H bomber at Chirchik airport after the war. The 168th Fighter Bomber Air Guard Regiment's mark is displayed on the side of the bomber.

 

Soviet Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force’s combat loss over Afghanistan between 1979 - 1989:

Soviet Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force’s combat loss over Afghanistan between 1979 - 1989
Soviet Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force’s combat loss over Afghanistan between 1979 - 1989

In the eighties the Soviet Turkmenistan Military District's Air Force types were modernized as well. Starting from 1984 they received three squadrons of used Su-24 Fencer-B front bombers, then between 1986 and 1988 one of the 87th Independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's squadrons were retrained to Su-24MR Fencer-E reconnaissance aircraft. With the new high-performance Su-24's the farthest points of Afghanistan became accessible from the airports near the Soviet border.

735th Front Bomber Air Regiment's Su-24 Fencer-B 87th Independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment's Su-17M3 Fitter-H and Su-24MR Fencer-Es
735th Front Bomber Air Regiment's Su-24 Fencer-B 735th Front Bomber Air Regiment's Su-24 Fencer-B. Used machines, the page numbers were painted over.

735th Front Bomber Air Regiment's Su-24 Fencer-B Bombers

87th Independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment

Photo: Andrey Timohin collection

Since 1988, the Soviet Turkmenistan Military District Air Force became independent again as the 49th Tactical Air Army.

The 115th Guard Fighter Air Regiment's old MiG-21bis Fishbed-L type was also replaced in 1989 by the advanced MiG-29 9.13 Fulcrum-C type.

Kokayty's camouflage MiG-29s in full color.

Black and white photos of the 115th Guard Fighter Air Regiment’s MiG-29 Fulcrum.

Air Show at Khanabad

In 1988 the Soviet army withdrew from Afghanistan. Then in 1989, to reduce military expenses the Soviet Turkmenistan Military District and the Central Asian Military District has been merged. The 49th Tactical Air Army also merged into the 73rd Tactical Air Army. Until 1992 only one Military District remained again in Soviet Central Asia.

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