Selab Military Corps equipped with fighter jets, helicopters
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Sunday equipped the 201st Selab Military Corps with four warplanes delivered by the US and India to counter militants in the eastern zone.
Two months back, the government of India donated three Mi24D and the US A29 warplanes to Afghan forces for fighting against militants.
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, commander of the 201stSelab Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News four of the aircrafthad been delivered to them.
“These two helicopters and two fighter jets will provide air support for our ground operationsaimed at eliminating militants from the eastern zone,” the commander hoped.
Selab Military Corps conducts operations in Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Parwan and Kapisa provinces, as well as the Sarobi district of Kabul.
Afghan Air Force Commander Brig. Gen. Suleman Shah said the warplanes had proved to be effective in hitting targets. The A-29s could carry heavy weapons to target militants.
He said the A-29s can carry out precise airstrike, using laser technology and four types of weapons, 250 kg of bombs, guided and unguided rockets.
Security in the Shinwari districts of Nangarhar is also the Selab Military Corps responsibility.Several air raids have been conducted against Daesh and Taliban militants in the town.
However, Suleman Shah said the US had also pledged to donate a number of unmanned aircraft and other warplanes to Afghan forces in the near future.
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