Forces: The Afghan Air Force


July 16, 2007: The U.S. is delivering six AH-1 helicopter gunships to the Afghan Air Force this Summer, the first of 186 aircraft and helicopters that are being given to the Afghans over the next five years. Currently, the Afghans have only about twenty operational aircraft (three L-39 trainers, two AN-26 and two AN-32 transports, five Mi-24 and six Mi-8 helicopters). Most of the American aircraft will be models being retired from American service. These aircraft and helicopters are in good shape, and will be refurbished before delivery. Most will be helicopters and transports. There will be no jet fighters. The U.S. is also providing personnel and money to train Afghan air force personnel (a force of 4,500-5,000).


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