13 Mar '18, 8am

Afghan AF Getting New Hellfire-Shooting Planes

Afghan AF Getting New Hellfire-Shooting Planes

Iraqi air force AC-208 launches a Hellfire missile WASHINGTON: The Afghan Air Force is about to get a powerful new weapon in what is shaping up to be a bloody year in the 17-year-old war against the Taliban. On Friday, the U.S. Air Force announced an $86 million deal with an American defense contractor Orbital ATK to supply single-engine, turboprop AC-208 airplanes to the Kabul government. The aircraft — dubbed the Eliminator — are designed to deploy with precision-guided munitions and surveillance systems, making them purpose-built for hunting down small groups of insurgent fighters. Equipped to carry four AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and two 70mm rocket pods capable of carrying a variety of precision rockets, the Eliminator will head into the fight alongside the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft that Afghan pilots already operate, allowing the two planes to team up while allowing ...

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/03/afghan-air-force-hell...

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