20 Jun '16, 4pm

#Afghan Air Force gets five more MD 530F attack #helicopters

#Afghan Air Force gets five more MD 530F attack #helicopters

Five additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters arrived in Kabul on 17 June to boost the Afghan Air Force's (AAF's) capability to support Afghan National Army ground operations. The latest delivery raises the number of such airframes provided by the United States to the AAF from 13 to 18. A further nine aircraft are scheduled for delivery by the end of August 2016, which would increase the number of the AAF's MD 530Fs to a pre-arranged total of 27. "These five latest [MD 530Fs] have the capability to fire rockets or .50 calibre machine guns, and sighting systems that are not on the previously delivered helicopters," said Lieutenant Colonel Bill Ashford, commander of the US Air Force's (USAF's) 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. While earlier reports indicated that previously fielded MD 530Fs were equipped not only with FN Herstal 12.7 mm (.50 cal) h...

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