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Challenges in Afghan air force equipment remain

Challenges in Afghan air force equipment remain

Jun 13, 2015 - 21:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A senior Afghan Air Force official on Saturday said more than 90 percent problems in completing infrastructure projects needed to support the air force had been resolved, but challenges in area of equipment remained.

Lt. Gen. Mohammad Dawran, Chief of Staff of the Afghan Air Force, told reporters in Kabul the air force was one of the important wings of the country’s defence forces and was more important for Afghanistaninfo-icon due its geographical and geopolitical location.

He said a powerful air force was not only helpful for the defence of a country and defeating the enemy, but it also important for helping people during emergency situations and natural calamities.

He said the Afghan Air Force had been paid less attention after the Talibaninfo-icon were ousted from power in 2001, but added Afghanistan’s international allies realised in 2009 that Afghanistan needed a strong air force after Afghan officials stressed so.

“The Afghan air force gets improved after 2009, but the improvement level has not been in progress as of the Afghan National Army (ANA),” he said.

To facilitate the Afghan Air Force, Dawran said the international community had invested $183 million in the Kabul International Airport and $150 million in the Kandahar airport.

Other projects the international community had assisted included a military training center in Shindand district and police compounds in Herat province and some other provinces solving 90 percent problems of the air force.

Dawran added steps had been taken to train air force personnel but more time was needed to further improve their capacity.

He said the Afghan air force personnel had received training in the US, the United Arab Emirates, India, Italy and some other countries besides inside Afghanistan.

The official expressed his concern about some Afghan air force personnel who did not return after sent to foreign countries for training. However, he said measures had been put in place to prevent such incidents in future.



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