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AAF to get six Black Hawks next week

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Saturday said that Afghan Air Forces (AAF) would get six Black Hawk helicopters next week. “We need Black Hawks to overcome a number of challenges including transferring supplies, eradicating enemy strongholds, evacuating patients and wounded and also transferring supplies to check-posts that are located in mountains,” MoD spokesman, Dawlat Waziri said.

A few months ago, the United States announced that it will provide the Afghan Air Force with 150 Black Hawks and other aircraft over the next four years.

Meanwhile, Afghan security officials, and member of the Wolesi Jirga hoped that the new Black Hawks helicopters enable and empower the air force in their fight against insurgents.

“In the current situation, if the number of helicopters and aircraft are increased, it will resolve army challenges to some extent,” an MP, Abdul Jabar Qahraman said.

A number of former military officers however said air force equipment costs a lot of money and that it will take years for the AAF to stand on its feet.

“We need fighter helicopters. If right now we have two fighter helicopters, we can free the two military based that are under siege in Ghormach,” former military officer, Mohsin Mukhtar said.

The Pentagon said a while back that it has invested $7 billion USD in the AAF and that it is trying to double the number of troops in the next four years.