List of equipment of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

This is a list of equipment used by the Armed Forces of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Infantry weaponsEdit

Name Image Origin Type Information
Assault rifle and battle rifles
M4     United States Carbine Over 10,000 captured from former Afghan Army.[1]
M16     United States Assault rifle 104,000 captured from former Afghan Army, both the A2 and A4 variants are in use, also in use by the 313 Badri Batallion[1]
AK-47     Soviet Union Assault rifle Unknown number in service
Zastava M70     Yugoslavia Assault rifle Unknown
AK-74     Soviet Union Assault rifle Unknown number in service.
ASh-78     Albania Assault rifle Captured from former Afghan Army
AMD-65     Hungary Assault rifle Captured from former Afghan Police
Colt Canada C7     Canada Assault rifle 2,500 in reserve captured from former Afghan Army[2]
AKS-74U     Soviet Union Personal defense weapon Unknown number in service, captured from Spetsnaz during the Afghan Soviet war.[3]
Mosin–Nagant[4]     Soviet Union Bolt action Unknown
Lee–Enfield[5]     British Empire Bolt action Some left over from the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Others supplied in Operation Cyclone.
Martini–Henry[6]     British Empire Service rifle Left over from the Anglo-Afghan Wars. Many are Kyber-pass copies.
Submachine gun
Heckler & Koch MP5SD     West Germany Submachine gun Unknown number in service. Probably a copy made in Pakistan.[7]
Sniper rifles
M24     United States Sniper rifle Unknown number. Captured from former Afghan Army.[8]
Dragunov SVD     Soviet Union Sniper rifle Unknown number in service captured from former Afghan Army.[9]
Machine guns
M249 SAW     United States Light machine gun Unknown number in service captured from former Afghan Army[10]
M240     United States Medium machine gun Unknown number in service captured from former Afghan Army[10]
FN MAG[verification needed]     Belgium General-purpose machine gun Unknown number in service.
M2 Browning     United States Heavy machine gun Unknown number in service.
M134 Minigun     United States Rotary cannon Unknown.
M61 Vulcan     United States Rotary cannon At least 10 M61 Vulcans mounted into C-RAMs were emplaced at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for Protection against incoming projectiles and missiles, unknown if they were decomisioned or not before the Fall of Kabul, potentially captured by the Taliban.[11]
KPV heavy machine gun     Soviet Union Heavy machine gun Unknown number, most are from captured equipment in Afghan Soviet war.[12]
PK machine gun     Soviet Union General-purpose machine gun Unknown number, most are from captured equipment in Afghan Soviet war.[13]
Grenade launchers
M203     United States Grenade launcher At least 1,394 M203 grenade launchers were captured from former Afghan Army.[10]
GP-25     Soviet Union Grenade Launcher Unknown number, most are from captured equipment in Afghan Soviet war.[10]
Sage Control GL6 Rotary Launcher   United States Grenade Launcher Unknown number in service, possibly captured from former Afghan Army.[14][15]
Mk 19 Grenade Launcher     United States Automatic Grenade Launcher Unknown number in service, possibly captured from former Afghan Army.[16]
Pistols
M9     United States Semi-automatic pistol Unknown number in service captured from former Afghan Army[13]
P226     Germany Semi-automatic pistol Unknown number in service. Probably a copy made in China.[17]
Grand Power X-Calibur     Slovakia Semi-automatic pistol Unknown number in service. Probably a copy made in Pakistan.[17]
QSZ-92     China Semi-automatic pistol Unknown number in service.[17]
Makarov PM     Soviet Union Semi-automatic pistol Unknown number in service. Probably captured from the Soviet troops during the Soviet–Afghan War.
Tokarev TT-33     Soviet Union Semi-automatic pistol Unknown number in service. Probably either Soviet-Afghan War leftovers or Pakistani copies [18]
Glock 17/Glock 19[19]     Austria Semi-automatic pistol Unknown number in service captured from former Afghan Army.
Smith & Wesson SD[20]     United States Semi-automatic pistol Unknown number captured from former Afghan Army.

Anti-tankEdit

Name Photo Type Origin Caliber Quantity Notes
M136 (AT4)[15] Disposable anti-tank rocket launcher   United States 84mm
RPG-7[21]   Rocket-propelled grenade   Soviet Union 40mm
B-10 recoilless rifle[21]   Recoilless rifle   Soviet Union 82mm Some Chinese copies
SPG-9[21]   Recoilless rifle   Soviet Union 73mm

UniformEdit

Name Image Origin Type Information
Military uniform
FAST Helmet     United States Combat helmet Unknown number in service, captured from former Afghan Army.[22]
Advanced Combat Helmet     United States Combat helmet Unknown number in service, captured from former Afghan Army.[17]
Spec4ce Camouflage     United States Combat uniform Unknown number in service, captured from former Afghan Army. Woodland, Urban, Desert and Metro patterns in use.[23]
Universal Camouflage Pattern     United States Combat uniform Unknown number in service, captured from the United States Army during the U.S war in Afghanistan. Used in unconventional warfare to attack government targets.[24]
MTV     United States Ballistic vest Unknown number in service, captured from former Afghan Army.[25]
Army Combat Boot     United States Combat boot Unknown number in service, captured from former Afghan Army.[25]
Traditional Afghan Sandal Sandal Unknown number in service, standard issue footwear.[25]

Armored combat vehiclesEdit

Name Image Origin Type Number
Tanks
T-54/T-55     Soviet Union Main battle tank Unknown[12]
T-62     Soviet Union Main battle tank Unknown[12]
Light armored vehicles
Humvee     United States Light armored car 3000+[26]
International MaxxPro     United States Light tactical vehicle/Infantry mobility vehicle 155[26]
M1117     United States Internal security vehicle 634[27]
M113     United States Armoured personnel carrier 173
BMP-2[28][better source needed]     Soviet Union Infantry fighting vehicle Unknown
L3/35[29][better source needed]     Kingdom of Italy Tankette At least 1

Unarmored vehiclesEdit

Name Image Origin Type Number
Navistar 7000     United States Military truck 323
FMTV     United States Military truck Unknown
M35     United States Military truck Unknown
Ford F-350     United States Pickup truck Large numbers in service.
Ford Ranger     United States Pickup truck 900 [30]
Toyota Hilux     Japan Pickup truck Unknown[31]
Toyota Land Cruiser     Japan Pickup truck Unknown[31]
Ford Cargo

 

  United States Semi truck 8[12]
M915     United States Military tractor unit 8[12]
Ural-375[32]     Soviet Union Military truck Several thousand

ArtilleryEdit

Name Image Origin Type Number
Mortars
M69     Yugoslavia Mortar Unknown[12]
Towed artillery
M114     United States Howitzer 24+
76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)     Soviet Union Field gun 20[12]
122 mm howitzer 2A18 (D-30)     Soviet Union Field gun 85[12]
Self-propelled multiple rocket launcher
Type 63 multiple rocket launcher[33]     China Multiple rocket launcher
BM-14[34]     Soviet Union Self-propelled multiple rocket launcher At Least 1
BM-21 Grad[35]     Soviet Union Self-propelled multiple rocket launcher Unknown
BM-27 Uragan[36]     Soviet Union Self-propelled multiple rocket launcher Unknown
9K52 Luna-M[37]     Soviet Union Artillery rocket Unknown
Anti-aircraft
ZU-23-2     Soviet Union Anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannon Unknown[12]
Tactical ballistic missiles
Scud-B missile[38]     Soviet Union Tactical ballistic missile Unknown

AircraftEdit

Fixed WingEdit

Name Image Origin Type Number
Combat aircraft
A-29     Brazil Counter-insurgency aircraft 29+
Cessna 208 Caravan     United States Attack aircraft/Intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance 38[39]
Transport aircraft
C-130 Hercules     United States Military transport aircraft 4
Antonov An-26     Soviet Union Military transport aircraft At least 2[39]
Antonov An-32     Soviet Union Military transport aircraft At least 3[39]
Cessna 208 Caravan     United States Military transport aircraft Unknown[39]
Pilatus PC-12      Switzerland Military transport aircraft/Special mission aircraft 1, 1 other rendered disabled by the United States forces[39]
Trainer aircraft
Aero L-39 Albatros     Czechoslovakia Attack/Military trainer aircraft 3 in process of restoration[40]
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle     United States Unmanned aerial vehicle Unknown, Captured from former Afghan Army[12]
Various homemade drones[41]   Afghanistan Unmanned aerial vehicle Unknown

HelicoptersEdit

Name Image Origin Type Number
Military helicopters
UH-60 Black Hawk     United States Utility helicopter 44[42][43]
MD-530     United States Utility helicopter unknown[44]

2[42]

HAL Cheetak     France
  India
Utility helicopter 2+[45][46]
Mil Mi-17     Soviet Union
  Russia
Utility helicopter unknown[47][42]
Mil Mi-24     Soviet Union Attack helicopter unknown[42]

In addition, some seven Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights, previously used by the United States Department of State were rendered unusable and left behind by departing the United States forces in August 2021 following the fall of Kabul.[39]On 10 June Afghan government said They now have over 50 aircraft available, because of "professional staff and in-house engineers," said Enayatullah Kharazmi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.

According to the spokesman, the country's air force now has 50 helicopters on the ground.

Meanwhile, many military specialists believe that a government's priority should be to have an air force equipped with advanced military mechanisms.[48]

On 28 August Speaking at the conference, Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid stated that currently there are about 150,000 members of the army, and some of the forces of the previous government have also joned the army.The acting minister of defense added that the engineering divisions of this ministry have recently repaired and prepared for flight over sixty military helicopters that were damaged.[49]

"The army has a total of about 150 thousand soldiers, and we want to strengthen the force in the near future," the defense minister stated.

At the press conference, Army Chief of Staff Fasihuddin Fitrat said that in the past year nearly 4,500 people have been expelled from the army for various reasons.

Fitrat emphasized that security is currently ensured in all parts of the country, especially in Panjshir province.

"The situation in Panjshir is under control. The Islamic Emirate's security forces, or mujahideen, are in charge of the whole Panjshir province. Of course, if someone wants to disturb the peace, harass the people, and create trouble in the area, they can go to a certain area of the mountain and use a Kalashnikov to do it,” Fitrat said.

According to the Ministry of Defense, efforts are still being made to implement the security pact with Qatar. A delegation has been appointed within the Ministry of Defense to handle this matter.[50]

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