The Afghan Air Force conducted airdrops during an operation in Badghis province helping the Afghan Commandos to continue to their clearance operations against Taliban militants.

The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Afghan Air Force conducted the airdrop in the restive Bala Murghab district.

The statement further added that the Air Force airdropped necessary supplies to the Special Forces which helped them to continue to their clearance operations and suppress Taliban militants in Bala Murghab.

The Afghan Air Force conducted their first emergency combat airdrop mission bringing ammunition to Afghan National Police and citizens fighting the Taliban in Badakshan province on June 1 2018.

With guidance from Train, Advise and Assist Command-Air advisors, the Afghan Air Force began training on airdrop capabilities in October 2016, and conducted their first mission airdrops in July 2017.

This comes as efforts are underway to further bolsters the capabilities of the Afghan armed forces in the fight against the terror groups. As a result, Pentagon awarded $209.9 million contract to a U.S.-based firm to support the C-130H fleet of the Afghan Air Force.

The NATO-led Train, Advise, Assist Mission officials had earlier said that the alliance would step up efforts to triple the size of the Afghan Air Force by 2023.


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