US to deliver 5 PC-12 surveillance aircraft to Afghan special forces
By Sayed Jawad - Fri Mar 20 2015, 11:44 pm
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) officials said the planes will be delivered in the near future and based on a contract concluded in 2012.
Gen. Dawlat Waziri said the Afghan special forces have already receivved 13 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft and are in service with the 777 unit of the Afghan army special forces.
This comes as the US Air Forces Central Command announced Wednesday that the first six Armed MD-530s arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday night.
Afghan Air Force is also expecting to receive 20 A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft which will help replace the Mi-35 attack helicopter that reaches the end of its service life in January 2016.
According to reports, the first of 20 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft 26 are scheduled to arrive early next year, in preparation for the Afghanistan pilot and maintenance training mission.
A-29 pilots and maintainers are currently in the US and have been training since February.