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Taliban find dozens of ballistic missiles in Panjshir Valley
By: Dylan Malyasov - Defence Blog - 09-15-21

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Taliban members found dozens of short-range ballistic missiles and warheads stored in Panjshir Valley.

Taliban militants had taken the last holdout – Panjshir Valley in the east of Afghanistan – and released a video showing the depot of Soviet-made 9K72 Elbrus (NATO reporting name Scud B) tactical ballistic missiles and 9K52 Luna-M (NATO reporting name FROG-7) short-range artillery rockets.

A dozen missiles and artillery rockets along with warheads in separate containers were found in Panjshir Valley after the regime overcame the resistance of the remaining government forces.

Based on this video, the missile weapon have been stored in the open air for a long time and are in a deplorable state.

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According to open sources, several hundred missile systems were gifted to the Afghan government in the 1980s from the friendly Soviet communist regime as military aid.

9K72 Elbrus is a tactical ballistic missile with a range of 300 km with a circular error probable (CEP) between 450-900 meters. It was designed to engage important enemy targets such as airfields, command posts, large concentrations of troops and vehicles, air defense batteries, supply depots and so on.

9K52 Luna-M is a Soviet short-range artillery rocket system that fires unguided and spin-stabilized 9M21 rockets. It was originally developed in the 1960s to provide divisional artillery support using tactical nuclear weapons but gradually modified for conventional use.

About this writer: Dylan Malyasov
U.S. defense journalist and commentator. Aviation photographer. Dylan leads Defence Blog's coverage of global military news, focusing on engineering and technology across the U.S. defense industry.


2nd Report:

Afghan Air Force pilots who escaped to Uzbekistan are now in the UAE
By: Jean Lim Aviation News & Aerotime Hub News - 09-15-21

A group of US-trained Afghan Air Force (AAF) pilots who flew military aircraft to escape to neighboring Uzbekistan are now at the Emirates Humanitarian City in the UAE.

The flight carried a group of 175 pilots, who were then transferred to a US military base in Abu Dhabi on September 12, 2021, US Republican Representative of Texas August Pfluger told the Wall Street Journal.

This is the first batch of pilots of as many as 475, meaning the transfer should take several waves for the entire group to be safely flown out of Uzbekistan. The final goal is for all of them to reach the United States.

Pfluger said that the pilots’ safe transfer was the result of a series of tense negotiations between the United States and the Uzbek government, with the latter facing mounting pressure from the Taliban to hand over the Afghan personnel and aircraft.

It has been a harrowing escape for the Afghan pilots who flew out of Afghanistan in the final days before losing the war to the Taliban. Uzbek authorities reported that 46 out of the 160 aircraft of the AAF left the country, including 11 Cessna C-208 utility aircraft, 10 A-29 Super Tucano light attack planes, and several helicopters including UH-60 Black Hawks.

Reaching Uzbekistan was just the first step. As they feared that harboring Afghan refugees would not sweeten any relations with the new leaders of Afghanistan, the Uzbek government sought the help of the United States..

The Taliban have said that they will not harm military personnel who return to Afghanistan to join the country’s revamped security forces.

However, US-trained, English-speaking Afghan pilots have become special targets of the Taliban long before the fall of Kabul. In July 2021, as the U.S. military started withdrawing, seven Afghan pilots were assassinated by the Taliban.

Afghan military pilots are prime targets of the Taliban, who have no air force. Eliminating AAF pilots will cripple any attempt at creating a rebellious military force, as pilots take years to train and are difficult to replace.

“It has not been a smooth process, but I’m happy that they’re in another country,” commented Pfluger.


Personal note: More happy guest on their way to the USA.

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