A new video of the Afghan Air Force shows the compilation of a series of precision airstrikes carried out with the help of the laser-guided bombs.
According to the coalition forces in Afghanistan, the Afghan Air Force pilots have been dropping laser guided bombs on enemy targets throughout the southern half of Afghanistan since March 22, 2018.
This precision strike capability limits the adversaries ability to use densely populated areas for sanctuary and helps to prevent civilian casualties.
The Afghan Air Force for the first time used the bomb to target a Taliban compound in Farah province last month.
“On March 22, the Afghan Air Force tasked the A-29 squadron to destroy a Taliban compound in Farah. The Afghan attack pilots were equipped with both guided and unguided bombs, and elected to employ the GBU-58 laser-guided bomb to avoid collateral damage,” according to a report by Resolute Support Mission.
This comes as efforts are underway to boost the capabilities of the Afghan armed forces, particularly the Air Forces.
“Key pieces that you’re seeing is that the Afghan Air Force itself, one of the more lethal organizations they have, and one that we’re looking to triple in size by 2023, is conducting significantly more air operations in direct support of the ANDSF on the battlefield, to the tune of 500 more sorties this year than they did the year before,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance Bunch, director of future operations, Resolute Support, in a December 2017 press conference.