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Film poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Andrei Kavun
Release Date 2010
Language Russian
Studio Rekun Cinema
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vladimir Karpatov Aleksandr Baluev
Sergey Vladimir Mashkov
Alexandr Zdor Andrey Panin
Viktor Aleksandr Golubev
Roman Vakulenko Bohdan Benyuk

Kandahar (Russian Title: Кандагар) is a 2010 Russian film directed by Andrei Kavun (Piranha (Okhota na piranyu)). Five pilots of the Russian cargo plane were captured in Kandahar (Afghanistan) by the Taliban. After being in captivity for over a year they make an attempt to escape. Film based on actual events.

The following weapons are featured in the film Kandahar:



Browning Hi-Power

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
Taliban fighter fires his Browning Hi-Power

CZ 52

Czech CZ 52 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
One of the guards holds CZ 52

Assault rifles


AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
Taliban leader holds an AKM assault rifle
Taliban leader fires AKM. Note the size of magazine

Norinco Type 56

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") which was standard on PLA-issue Type 56s - 7.62x39mm
One of the guards of the airfield fires his Norinco Type 56 with under-folding bayonet
This Norinco Type 56 has no under-folding "pig sticker" bayonet

AIMS-74 Carbine

Taliban fighter holds the AIMS-74 (Romanian clone of the AKS-74) with a shortened barrel, plastic AK-74 magazine and wooden stock.

AIMS-74 Carbine.jpg


AK-74 - 5.45x39mm
AK-74 assault rifle lies on the ground
Taliban fighter is trying to reload his AK-74 but Russian navigator taken away a magazine.


Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mmR.
One of the Taliban fighters can be seen with the Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

Mauser carbine

One of the Taliban fighters is seen with the Mauser carbine
Same fighter aimed his Mauser carbine at radioman Victor (Alexandr Golubev)

Sniper rifle

FPK/PSL Sniper Rifle

Romanian FPK/PSL sniper rifle - 7.62x54mm R.
One of the Taliban fighters is seen with the FPK / PSL Sniper Rifle to the right

Machine Guns

PKM Machine Gun

PKM with with latest version of Flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
PKM Machine Gun on the roof of the house with captured Russian pilots

Goryunov SGM Machine Gun

Goryunov SGM Machine Gun on Sokolov mount - 7.62x54mm R.
Goryunov SGM Machine Gun on the roof of the house with captured Russian pilots
Same machine gun in other location

Browning M2

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Browning M2HB mounted on VAB armoured personnel carrier

KPV heavy machine gun

KPV heavy machine guns in ZPU-2 dual anti-aircraft mount - 14.5x114mm
KPV heavy machine gun in ZPU-2 dual anti-aircraft mounting is seen on the airfield

Grenade Launcher


RPG-7 - 40mm
One of the Taliban fighters is seen with the RPG-7 near the destroyed truck


F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Young Taliban fighter has lost his F-1 hand grenade. Grenade painted black, usually used for training grenades
Young Taliban fighter pulls out a safety pin from grenade
A safety pin was pulled and striker lever was thrown



Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21U supersonic jet fighter aircraft forces Ilyushin Il-76 airlifter to land

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