Two ex-Afghan Air Force aircraft, a combat helicopter, and a multipurpose Combat Caravan were repaired and made available for service, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced.
The Afghanistan Air Force’s engineering team repaired, successfully tested, and prepared two additional aircraft for flight on Sunday, December 18, according to an MoD release.
The MoD’s expanding air force now includes a large restored Mil Mi-35 gunship helicopter and a multi-use Cessna-208 Caravan utility plane.
There were allegedly 130 operational aircraft in the Afghan Air Force prior to the country’s new leadership taking power in August 2021.
As coalition forces departed and the Afghan Armed Forces disintegrated, many of them were airlifted to nearby countries to escape the group’s lightning offensive.
The Islamist regime in Afghanistan demanded their return as well as deliveries of other aircraft that had previously been promised to the internationally supported Afghan government.
Tajikistan, which interned the majority of Afghani aircraft and pilots, however, said it was not considering returning the aircraft to the authorities in Afghanistan.
The current Afghan air force expanded as the authorities in Afghanistan began pardoning former Afghan Air Force pilots and repairing aircraft that had been inoperative.
Since the U.S.-led troops withdrew from Afghanistan in August of last year, the engineering teams of the Afghan caretaker administration’s Defense Ministry have restored over 60 military aircraft, including helicopters and transport planes.