A New Addition to the Afghan Airpower Transition

04/13/2015
04/13/2015: The Afghan Air Force added a new aircraft to their fleet. The MD-530 Cayuse (Kai-use) Warrior, a close air attack helicopter, will add new power in this years fighting season. A total of 17 MD-530s were transferred to Afghan control. Training is already underway. Credit: Defense Media Activity -…

First Ever All Afghan Air Crew C-130 Flight: The Preparation

06/25/2014
06/25/2014: The Afghan Air Force hit a huge milestone by completing the first ever all Afghan air crew C-130 flight June 16, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Their mission consisted of cargo, CASEVAC and PAX transport. The Afghan Air Force has been working hard the last 11 months with U.S. Air…

First Ever All Afghan Air Crew C-130 Flight: The Take-off and Return

06/24/2014
06/24/2014: The Afghan Air Force hit a huge milestone by completing the first ever all Afghan air crew C-130 flight June 16, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Their mission consisted of cargo, CASEVAC and PAX transport. The Afghan Air Force has been working hard the last 11 months with U.S. Air…

The Afghan Airpower Transition: The Case of Helicopters

06/27/2013
06/27/2013: The Afghan air force is getting closer and closer to taking over security responsibility for their country. Petty Officer Scott Bourge strapped into a helicopter flown by both Afghans and Americans, and tells us about mentorship. Credit: American Forces Network Afghanistan: 6/26/13 For our look at the Afghan airpower…

US and Afghan Air Force Joint Operations

09/20/2012
09/20/2012: Members of the Afghan Air Force and U.S. Air Force land at Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan Sept. 12, 2012. This kind of collaboration could be enhanced with C-27Js and Super Tucanos in the hands of the Afghans.  For some unknown reason, it is OK to buy Russian helicopters…

Latvian Mentors Assist Afghan Air Force with Maintenance

04/06/2011
04/06/2011 - An Afghan air force airman and a Latvian mentor perform checks on an Afghan air force MI-17 helicopter on Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Latvian mentors have been assisting Afghan air force with maintenance on their MI-17 helicopters since February 2011. [slidepress gallery='latvian'] NATO Training Mission Afghanistan; 3/15/11…

Afghan Air Force Maintenance Training

01/29/2011
Credit video : American Forces Network Afghanistan, December 2nd, 2010 01/29/2011 - « Building a skilled Air Force is challenging. U.S. advisers are helping strengthen the Afghan Air Force maintenance crew by focusing on preventative maintenance. Literate recruits are hard to find, rickety Soviet-era choppers make up the fleet and…