Afghan Army to receive $2.7 billion military equipments
By Ghanizada - Mon Sep 05 2011, 9:13 pm
Monday, September 05, 2011 – According to NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) officials, in a bid to improve the operations capacity of Afghan forces, a large amount of military equipments supplies to Afghan National Army troops have been initiated by the International Security Assistance Forces.
While speaking during a press conference on Monday, International Security Assistance Forces spokesman, Gen. Carsten Jacobson said, the program of delivering military equipments to Afghan forces have already begun in August and will continue until coming March, next year.
According to him, the program of equipping Afghan security forces once completed, will cost around $2.7 billion.
Meanwhile, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who oversees transition from Nato to Afghan forces earlier this month said, the military supply would help this process gain further successes.
ISAF spokesman, Gen. Jacobson further added, the programme initiated under the name of Mountain Iron is aimed at building up Afghan forces’ war skills like fire power, capability and mobility.
This comes as there were widespread concerns about equipment shortfalls in Afghan security forces while security burdens have been started to transition to Afghan lead this year.
General Jacobson said, “the program has been initiated by ISAF and will include large supplies of vehicles and other military equipments, as an investment for the future of Afghan security forces. The pogram was started in August under the name of Iron Mountain, and will continue and will be completed in March 2012.”
The ISAF spokesman also said, the program of military supplies to Afghan National Army forces is aiming to provide Afghan Forces with greater mobility, stronger fire power, increased communication capability.
He said, the program once completed will help to reduce many of the shortfalls that Afghan National Security Forces are currently experiencing.