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Eastern Order of Battle

Soviet Central Asian Military District's
73rd Tactical Air Army
in January 1, 1978

The Soviet Central Asian Military District had two army corps in the seventies. The air support of these was performed by two mixed air divisions. The 1st Army Corps Ė 10th Mixed Air Division and 17th Army Corps Ė 24th Mixed Air Division.

Soviet 905th Fighter Air Regiment MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K in Taldy Kurgan

Soviet 905th Fighter Air Regimentís MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K and mechanical crews in Taldy Kurgan

Soviet 905th Fighter Air Regiment crew front of they MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K in Taldy Kurgan

The 905th Fighter Air Regimentís crews in front of theirs silver colour MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K at Taldy Kurgan air base.

Between 1973 and 1975, primarily fighter forces were modernized. The 27th Guard Fighter Air Regiment received MiG-21bis Fishbed-L, while the 905th Fighter Air Regiment received MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K fighter type. The 905th regiment used two different MiG-21SMT Fishbed-K sub-variants. The second squadron used the humpback larger saddle tank variant (Izdeliye 50), while the first and third squadrons used the smaller saddle tank variant (Izdeliye 50bis).  Some Western sources refer to it as the MiG-21ST. Around 1980 the machines were painted camouflage.

MiG-21bis Fishbed-L tactical fighters at Usharal AB in the seventies


905th regiment's pilots at Taldy Kurgan in 1975-1977


Soviet 73rd Tactical Air Army order of battle map in 1978 Soviet 73rd Tactical Air Army order of battle in 1978

From 1975, bomber forces replaced their MiG-17s. The 134th and the 129th regiments received old MiG-21PFS and PFM Fishbed-F fighter-bomber types, while the 149th guard regiment received used Yak-28I Brewer-C bombers. These old models were sufficient at the Sino-Soviet border.

Soviet MiG-21R Fishbed-H in Zhangitzobe airbase

Soviet MiG-21R Fishbed-H reconnaissance aircraft in Zhangitzobe airbase

Soviet 39th independent Reconnaissance Air Regiment Yak-28R Brewer-D

USSR 39th independent Reconnaissance Air Regimentís
pilots in theirs Yak-28R Brewer-D

The 39th ORAP received high-speed MiG-25RB Foxbat reconnaissance aircraft. The 39th Regiment was part of the scouting network settled around China.

In 1973, a new helicopter regiment was formed at Dzhambul airport with two Mi-6 Hook heavy and two Mi-8 Hip medium transport squadron.

Soviet 73rd Tactical Air Army order of battle in 1978

     * The exact sub-variants used aren't known

     ** There is no exact information

MiG-25RB Foxbat high speed Reconnaissance aircraft. Photo only illustration


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