20 armed helicopters being added to AAF fleet
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 20 armed utility helicopters will be added to the nascent Afghan Air Force (AAF), a London-based aviation news site reported on Thursday.
The aircraft will be delivered after being weaponised for close air support, an official told Flightglobal.com. Five training variants are already in AAF service.
Expected to begin by end of 2015, the US-funded deliveries will be completed. A dozen MD 530Fs are on order for AAF.
Maj. Gen. Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the service, said AAF also operates Mil Mi-17 and Mi-35 rotorcraft.
By the end of the current year, AAF is also expecting the delivery of 20 Embraer A29 Super Tucano light support aircraft, currently located in Georgia.
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