May 09, 2018

Ghani says special arrangements considered to boost the Afghan air power

By Khaama Press - Sat Jan 20 2018, 6:20 pm

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said special arrangements are being considered to boost the capabilities of the Afghan Air Force.

He made the remarks during his visit to a military base of the Afghan armed forces in Kabul where he said the government is working to further boost the fighting the capabilities of the Afghan Special Operations forces.

According to President Ghani, the government is also considering special arrangements to boost the capabilities of the Afghan Air Force and further steps will be taken in this regard in the near future.

This comes as efforts are underway to further bolster the fighting capabilities of the Afghan national defense and security forces.

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Lance Bunch, the director of the future operations, had earlier said the Afghan Air Force is one of the more lethal organizations of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and that efforts are underway to triple the size of the Afghan Air Force by 2023.

According to Gen. Bunch, the first four UH-60 Black Hawks were delivered to the Afghan Air Force, and the first six pilots have already graduated from training.

“We expect to have eight full crews at the beginning of the fighting season in 2018.  And those Black Hawk helicopters are just the first of up to 159 that we’re going to provide them,” he said.

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