From C-130 Hercules to 'contractor dogs': all the US military equipment left behind in Afghanistan

From C-130 Hercules to ‘contractor dogs’: all the US military equipment left behind in Afghanistan

By Tom Cooper
Aug 31 2021
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Yes, as the main photo in this post shows, the US troops have managed to leave behind one of Afghan Air Force C-130s.

A plea for everybody: please, don’t fall for reports about the Taliban ‘captured 208 US-made aircraft and helicopters in Afghanistan’.

That’s the total number of aircraft and helicopters operated by the (meanwhile: ‘former’) Afghan Air Force until about 15 days ago.

The mass of these was flown out to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan; at least three Mi-171s were flown by their crews to the Panjshir Valley, where these joined that Massoud’s ‘Northern Resistance Front’.

But…

…as the main photo in this post shows, the US troops have managed to leave behind one of Afghan Air Force C-130s (at Kabul IAP [Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul])…

(And no, please do not ask me where is it going to end. There are too many options, including repairs and re-use in Afghanistan, or in Pakistan, or in Iran…..)

To resume, at the first look it seems the US have left behind:

  • at least two C-RAM air defence systems;
  • about 700,000 small arms;
  • several thousands of military vehicles (including few hundred of fully-functional, lightly-armoured vehicles);
  • 46-50 service dogs (these were ‘contractor dogs’, so left behind, although actually the same like K-9 military dogs….)
  • dozens of dogs from an animal shelter (Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the US Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, threatened to shoot down a private jet sent to pick them up, yesterday, so they had to let them ‘free’ at the spot….),
  • at least 1 C-130, and
  • at least 7 A-29s.

Moreover according to the Oryx Blog, that has the best review of all the aircraft and helicopters confirmed as captured by visual evidence, we must add to the equipment mentioned above:

Aircraft

  • 1 Cessna 208

Helicopters (24)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

  • 7 Boeing Insitu ScanEagle

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From C-130 Hercules to 'contractor dogs': all the US military equipment left behind in Afghanistan
Contractor dogs left behind, although actually the same like K-9 military dogs

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Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper, from Austria, is a military-aviation journalist and historian. Following a career in a worldwide transportation business — in which, during his extensive travels in Europe and the Middle East, he established excellent contacts — he moved into writing. An earlier fascination with post-Second World War military aviation has narrowed to focus on smaller air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives of material. Concentrating primarily on air warfare that has previously received scant attention, he specializes in investigative research on little-known African and Arab air forces, as well as the Iranian Air Force. Cooper has published 21 books — including the unique Arab MiGs' series, which examines the deployment and service history of major Arab air forces in conflicts with Israel — as well as over 200 articles on related topics, providing a window into a number of previously unexamined yet fascinating conflicts and relevant developments.

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  1. Tommy Simmons says:

    Despicable

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