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Afghan Air Force Gets 5 New Attack Helicopters
June 21, 2016

Afghan Air Force Gets 5 New Attack Helicopters

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Five new MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters arrived in Kabul last week.
Afghan Air Force’s A-29s Only Drop ‘Dumb’ Bombs in Air Strikes so far
June 10, 2016

Afghan Air Force’s A-29s Only Drop ‘Dumb’ Bombs in Air Strikes so far

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Until now, Afghanistan’s new A-29 light attack aircraft have only been using unguided bombs against Taliban targets.

Afghan Air Force’s New Light Attack Aircraft Conducts More than 260 Sorties in Afghanistan
May 11, 2016

Afghan Air Force’s New Light Attack Aircraft Conducts More than 260 Sorties in Afghanistan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have flown hundreds of close-air support and training missions since January.

Afghanistan: Will the Afghan Air Force Make a Difference in the 2016 Fighting Season?
April 14, 2016

Afghanistan: Will the Afghan Air Force Make a Difference in the 2016 Fighting Season?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Afghan Air Force will, for the first time, deploy new light attack aircraft in its fight against insurgents this year.

Why India Transferred Attack Helicopters to Afghanistan
February 01, 2016

Why India Transferred Attack Helicopters to Afghanistan

By Ankit Panda
India's attack helicopter transfer to Afghanistan suggests a new era in ties between New Delhi and Kabul.
Confirmed: First Four A-29 Light Attack Aircraft Arrive in Afghanistan
January 19, 2016

Confirmed: First Four A-29 Light Attack Aircraft Arrive in Afghanistan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The four light attack planes arrived in Kabul fully combat ready.

Afghanistan to Receive 12 New Attack Helicopters
January 14, 2016

Afghanistan to Receive 12 New Attack Helicopters

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Kabul has ordered 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters for the 2016 fighting season.
Will India Deliver Attack Helicopters to Afghanistan?
November 06, 2015

Will India Deliver Attack Helicopters to Afghanistan?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The aircraft would be the first offensive weapons supplied by New Delhi to Kabul.

Russia to Sell Modern Attack Helicopters to Afghanistan
October 09, 2015

Russia to Sell Modern Attack Helicopters to Afghanistan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A contract for the delivery of Mi-35 attack aircraft will be signed this month.

Afghanistan’s Newest Attack Helicopter a ‘Total Mess’?
September 28, 2015

Afghanistan’s Newest Attack Helicopter a ‘Total Mess’?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Afghanistan’s most decorated pilot is critical of U.S. efforts to help build the Afghan Air Force.

Afghan Air Force to Receive 5 More Attack Helicopters
August 14, 2015

Afghan Air Force to Receive 5 More Attack Helicopters

By Franz-Stefan Gady
However, they will not be used during this year's fighting season.
When Will the Afghan Air Force Be Ready to Fight the Taliban?
March 12, 2015

When Will the Afghan Air Force Be Ready to Fight the Taliban?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
It will take another year for Afghan ground forces to be able to call in indigenous close air support on a grand scale.

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