Transfer of Afghan equipment to Ukraine: what poses a threat to the Russian army

After the actual flight of the Americans and their allies from Afghanistan in August 2021, a significant number of planes and helicopters of the Afghan army flew to the territory of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Dozens of Cessna AC-208B Combat Caravan and Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano / A-29 attack aircraft, Pilatus PC-12NG reconnaissance aircraft, Mi-8 / Mi-17 and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and other aircraft, as well as their crews, serving staff and their families ended up in these neighboring Central Asian countries.

Now the Americans are thinking about the possibility of transferring all this aircraft to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and possibly personnel, to confront Russia in Ukraine. Therefore, it is interesting to find out what threat this poses to the RF Armed Forces.

Certain problems for the Russian army can be delivered by light Brazilian turboprop attack aircraft Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano / A-29. These aircraft were originally designed as training aircraft, they are cheap, easy to fly and maintain, and are great for counterguerrilla activities. Given the capabilities of these aircraft, the Ukrainian Air Force will be able to use them for flight training of pilots, reconnaissance, air support for troops, and even as part of an air defense system.

The small "Super Tucano" is well armed, its combat load is 1500 kg. The attack aircraft is equipped with two built-in machine guns of 12,7-mm FN Herstal M3 caliber and a 20-mm cannon suspended under the fuselage. In addition, the aircraft can use a certain albeit limited range of precision weapons, including AIM-9 Sidewinder, MAA-1 Piranha or Python 3/4 air-to-air missiles, JDAM guided bombs, as well as 70-mm unguided aircraft Hydra missiles (Hydra 70), including its corrected version APKWS, the delivery of which to Ukraine was announced by the United States back in June.

The density of the Russian air defense system will not allow these aircraft to approach close range. Therefore, the arsenal of ASP attack aircraft will be limited, since otherwise the loss of personnel and aircraft will be guaranteed and meaningless. The use of laser-corrected APKWS will enable Ukrainians to avoid unnecessary losses. Such ammunition can be aimed at the target both by the beam from the aircraft and by the illumination from the UAV or ground gunner, which allows the ammunition to be fired towards the enemy and leave, and the target will be guided by another operator. Thus, the nose-up NAR firing, which looks impressive in commercials, but frankly useless, is actively used by both sides of the conflict, in some cases can become a high-precision weapon.
  • Photos used: Embraer SA
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  1. Pavel Mokshanov_2 (Pavel Mokshanov) 18 August 2022 12: 55
    They would have also driven Soviet corn workers for ukrov, then there would have been their complete air superiority. On the ground, they are already doing this: they burrow themselves into the ground while they are alive, they are buried after they rest.
  2. ZnahWest Offline ZnahWest
    ZnahWest (Ingvar b) 18 August 2022 15: 13
    The most important question is ignored: how will the Americans dispose of the property of Afghanistan on the territory of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan?
    1. Expert_Analyst_Forecaster 20 August 2022 05: 47
      It is known how.
      Grandpa Biden will give a command and all equipment will fly from the territory of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to the territory of the former Ukraine. And on the way it will be bombed in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok with Khabarovsk.
      All this is very serious and scary. This is an undoubted threat to the Russian army.
      1. nov_tech.vrn Offline nov_tech.vrn
        nov_tech.vrn (Michael) 21 August 2022 00: 06
        we were afraid that after Chernobyl people with two heads would be born, but people without brains began to be born, and even went into experts
  3. Nikolai Kioroglo (Nikolai Kioroglo) 18 August 2022 15: 49
    And what, the authorities of Uzbekistan or Tajikistan have no right to confiscate these weapons?!
    What kind of sovereignty is this? A shame.
    They will also have to be freed from the arrogant Saxon occupation. Ugh!
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 18 August 2022 15: 56
    And well, not to mention the actual Brazilian. Argentine. and other armies, where should there be more such light aircraft, and away from Russia?
    Frightening out of nowhere...
  5. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 18 August 2022 16: 29
    This is all interesting, of course. And it was also interesting to listen to this opinion from Bagdasarov the other day. But the question arises about these attack aircraft. They are certainly interesting. And I myself have repeatedly spoken on various resources about the need to have similar aircraft in our arsenal. But with all this, these planes are for the war with partisans. Insurgents. But in no way against such an army as the Russian one. Over the battlefield in the steppes of Ukraine, they have zero chances. Few of their fighters will peck in an instant. They will not overcome air defense. Although many will start. And at low altitude? Or roads with unpaved airfields from which they will try to take off
  6. Grei grin Offline Grei grin
    Grei grin (Gray Grin) 19 August 2022 21: 16
    The disposal of old Western and Soviet military equipment continues for our huge money (judging by the cost of each missile), Europe and America save huge money on this with their disposal, this money goes to the latest NATO weapons, and the task of destroying the Ukrainian population is being carried out, and the Russian too, and the puppeteers sit on the sidelines and laugh!
    1. wlkw Offline wlkw
      wlkw (Vladimir) 23 August 2022 13: 05
      Recycling of junk comes from two sides. The winners will be the Ukrainians who will survive, it will be easy for them to fulfill the scrap metal collection plan. There will be a lot of this junk.