The commander of the Afghan Air Force Abdul Wahab Wardak told reporters in Mazar-e-Sharif city that the planes will be used to suppress the militants in northern and northeastern provinces.
He said the planes, A-29 Super Tucanos, were handed over to the Afghan Air Force by the US forces and called it an important step to further reduce the gap in close-air support for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
Gen. Wardak further added that the majority of the counter-terrorism operations are currently being implemented by the Afghan forces.
According to Gen. Wardak, the Afghan Air Force has now been equipped by up to 60 percent.
The A-29 is a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that will provide the Afghan air force with an indigenous air-to-ground capability and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support the country’s counterinsurgency operations.
Eight Afghan Air Force pilots completed their training late last year and graduated from a program hosted by the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in United States and will return to Afghanistan for combat.