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Afghans receive first Black Hawk helos

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  1. Zarvan

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    A US serviceman supervises the unloading of the first of 53 Black Hawk helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. Source: US Air Force

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) received on 18 September its first batch of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters.

    The delivery, which was announced on the same day on the Facebook page of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing (EAW), saw two UH-60s arrive at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan aboard a US Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft.

    The AAF is set to receive 53 Black Hawks as the United States transitions the country’s armed forces over from its approximately 80 Russian-built Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopters. These former US Army aircraft are undergoing a major refurbishment and upgrade effort prior to delivery to Afghanistan. No delivery timeline has been disclosed.

    As noted by the 438th EAW Train, Advise, Assist, Command-Air (TAAC-Air), the Black Hawk procurement is part of a wider ramp-up of the AAF’s capabilities that will take place over the coming months. This plan involves seven different weapon systems, 14 programme offices, and more than 20 major contracts. In September, one of the first aspects of the plan was disclosed with the announcement that the AAF is to receive a further 30 MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance helicopters to add to the 26 it already operates.

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  2. Imran Khan

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    good lets hope they use them effectively against terrorists . are they armed ?
     
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    80 Mi-17s
    53 Black Hawks and
    30 MD-530F. Thats a good fleet of helis for Afghan Airforce.
     
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    I would like to see a practical demonstration of Anza against them. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Afghan forces are full of different types (different origins) of platforms and no experience,infra,personel or money to support them.

    MIs are much better for them.. considering they have been operating them for decades (even taliban and Northern alliances used soviet/russian stuff).
     
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  8. GIANTsasquatch

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    Cant we request for surplus gear anymore? It wouldve been nice if the hueys wouldve been replaced with black hawks on our end.
     
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    Show some self-respect. Now is the time to dump sh*t on black hawks.
     
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  10. Thəorətic Muslim

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    Really sucks that i'm paying for something with little to no benefit over any time frame.
     
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    We turned down the chance for Blackhawks back in the mid 2000's. Half the troops capacity of Mi-17 and much more of a mainstainance hog.
     
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    Trump can say all he wants but the fact is that GHQ and the Pentagon are on the same page. For the past 5 years we've seen Petraeus and other NATO leaders praise Pakistan. Once in a while some jacka** from US congress talks crap against Pakistan and that somehow decides the state of our relationship.

    The US is still more of an ally and less of an enemy. It'll stay like that for the foreseeable future.
     
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    Watch today's episode of 'Live with Dr. Shahid Masood'. It should be available on youtube pretty soon, if not already.
     
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    I like to listen to Moeed Pirzada's views because he makes judgements based on facts.
    Shahid Masood is more of an entertainer. He passes out gossip to the public its all fun and games when it comes to his show.
     
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    Watch today's show for some facts. Then we can discuss.