Shahin Military Corps in Balkh equipped with attack aircraft
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the northern zone of the country has been equipped with two attack airplanes, security officials said on Monday.
The two A29 aircraft were provided by NATO’s Resolute Support (RS) mission, said Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid, commander of the 209th Shahin Military Corps in the northern zone.
He told a news conference the nascent AAF, which received MI35 and A29 warplanes this solar year, were regularly being equipped and modernised. It has also been equipped with surveillance aircraft.
Gen. Hamid said the A29 aircraft was controlled through computer by two pilots. Each wing of the plane could carry 100 kilograms of bombs.
The light attack aircraft were deployed to Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, amid deteriorating security in northern Balkh and Kunduz. The A-29s are capable of carrying out precise airstrike using laser technology.
The multi-role, fixed wing aircraft will give the AAF air-to-ground and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support counterinsurgency operations.
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