Afghanistan receives 4 new A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft

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  1. Gessler

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    The delivery of the first batch of Light Attack aircraft to the Afghan armed forces formally concluded today in the presence of the Afghan defense officials.

    The first batch include four aircraft delivered by the United States of America as part of the efforts to bolster the capabilities of the Afghan Air force (AAF).

    Acting Afghan Defense Minister Masoom Stanikzai reiterated that a long term plan is required to fully equip the Afghan Air Force (AAF), admitting the presence of will by the Afghan government and it’s international allies in modernizing the air force.

    Welcoming the delivery of the first batch of A-29 Super Tucano Light Attack aircraft by United States to Afghanistan, Stanikzai said the addition of the aircraft will add to the capabilities of the Afghan air power.

    According to Stanikzai, the aircraft are capable to provide close-air support to the ground forces and is able to carry over 30 different types of weapons and munitions to the mission.

    The A-29 is a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that will provide the Afghan air force with an indigenous air-to-ground capability and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support the country’s counterinsurgency operations.

    Eight Afghan Air Force pilots completed their training late last year and graduated from a program hosted by the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in United States and will return to Afghanistan for combat.

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) officials are also optimistic to receive additional close-air support combat choppers and fixed-wing close-air support aircraft during the year.

    According to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) will receive a total of 28 MD-530F helicopters that would be outfitted with military equipment.

    http://www.khaama.com/u-s-completes-delivery-of-4-light-attack-aircraft-to-afghan-air-force-1997
     
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  3. Harinath

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    I think India must offer them Tejas..... It will be win-win for both
     
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    They need few A10 too to kick Teliasses
     
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    these yamreekans are smart they know turbo prop ground attack fighters are always cheaper to own and use and repair then expensive jet engined fighters we should also use such fighters for use for border patrols and anty maoist insuregencies
     
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    What they need is a strong ground forces they don't have a culture of Military ethics ,discipline and lack morale, they are loyal to their respective race Uzbek, hazara or pashtun rather than a Nation.

    Their training institutions should also be modeled on India which in turn based on British, here the motto is Nation first everything comes 2nd, including religion and ethnicity.
     
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    It is easy to see why morale would be low when Pashtuns don't enlist nearly as much as others in the army yet dominate the officer and commander ranks. MOI, MOD, CoS, even the freaking corps commander in the north is Pashtun.

    I think the army is too bloated. Reducing the size to 70k with about 10k special forces and 30k commandos while focusing on making the air force relevant should be the priority.
     
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    Too early to make anything serious.

    Afghanistan is still very shaky and therefore unstable to manage an advanced jet engine aircraft or bear its costs of operations.

    These are Brazilian ground attack aircraft which have been very useful in wiping out narcotic warfare in the dense forest borders between Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Hence they are being inducted into the AAF.

    What Afghanistan needs is more of these attack craft with more gunships. HAL LCH would make a perfect attack helicopter for the high altitude terrain of Afghanistan.

    They are cheaper to operate, manage and get the job of close air support done.

    Afghanistan has to focus on some critical things right now:

    1- Special forces and urban warfare tactics, coupled with stronger ELINT and HUMINT gathering skills.

    2- Light armour such as APCs in their arsenal which are quick to move and deliver punishment efficiently (TATA Kestrel APC is a good option for them).

    3- Strengthen NDS with more covert operation capabilities, be able to track terrorist networks through data analyses like RAW does.

    4- Light and quick air power in the form of Super Tucanos and gunships like LCH and Mi-35s which can provide rapid air cover for any ground attack.

    5- Artillery. SPHs are the need right now for border with Pakistan. It is certain that Pakistanis have a strong upper hand right now in a skirmish. The only way to deal with this is that Afghans maintain a powerful arsenal of self propelled howitzers that are easy to maintain and quick to use.

    6- Light SAMs. Air defence is crucial for any country. While AAF can't afford expensive long range SAMs, they can buy short range ones like Akash or SPYDER (types).
     
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    @Tshering22 Good to see you here, Tshering Bhai!

    Do you remember me from the other forum? Long time no C!
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    Yes I do.

    I was out for work for the last one year and a few months got busy with my family. Hence the delay.
     
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    @Tshering22, @Gessler
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