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US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US Defence Officials have revealed that they are planning to send up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force will use these helicopters to replace their aging fleet of Mi-17s. As reported by Military Times, the arrival of the Black Hawks will provide security forces the leverage they need to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-17

MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 23-Sep-16

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MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Sep-16

Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Five new MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters arrived at Hamid Karzai International Airport June 17, 2016, via a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif.  [HeliHub.com editor note – these include MD serial numbers 0223FF, 0256FF and 0257FF] The MD-530s were delivered to the Afghan Air Force providing them an expanded capability to support… Read more »

Source: USAF, 29-Jun-16

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

MD Helicopters announced today receipt of a firm fixed price contract to manufacture and deliver twelve MD530F Cayuse Warrior Scout Attack Helicopters with enhanced mission equipment to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). This award, contracted through the Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary Wing, reflects and reinforces the confidence of the U.S. Army in MD… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Jan-16

Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari, Afghanistan’s most decorated pilot, recently took command of what was meant to be the building blocks of his country’s new air force: a squadron of shiny American-made attack helicopters, intended to solve the chronic lack of close air support for Afghan troops. See Full Story

Source: The New York Times, 30-Sep-15

06-Aug-15 Mil Mi-17 Zabul province, Afghanistan (17F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances.  Helicopter was flying between Zabul’s capital of Qalat and the town of Shinkay, 20 kilometers (12 miles) away. Accident killed all on board –  12 soldiers and five crew members. The Taliban claimed they had shot down the aircraft

06-Aug-15

MD Helicopters to integrate M260 rocket system on Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters to integrate M260 rocket system on Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,172,766 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Afghanistan) for the procurement, installation, integration, testing, and Army-approved airworthiness qualification support of M260 rockets and the fixed forward weapon sights on the armed MD530F Mission Equipment Package (MEP) aircraft. Integration on one U.S. government furnished armed MD530F MEP unit will… Read more »

15-Jul-15

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Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

The delivery of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army was completed in October 2014. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Department of Defense was signed in 2011, 63 helicopters produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, have been delivered to Afghanistan. Rosoboronexport proved itself a reliable supplier of military helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 04-Nov-14

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Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

The delivery of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army was completed in October 2014. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Department of Defense was signed in 2011, 63 helicopters produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, have been delivered to Afghanistan. Rosoboronexport proved itself a reliable supplier of military helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 31-Oct-14

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MD Helicopters awarded $44M more for Afghan MD530F weapon system

MD Helicopters awarded $44M more for Afghan MD530F weapon system

MD Helicopters, Inc., Mesa, Arizona was awarded a not to exceed $44,200,000 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Afghanistan) undefinitized contract action for the integration, testing, procurement, modification and installation of a weapon system onto the seventeen MD 530F aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2015. One… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Oct-14

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Afghan Air Force takes over instruction of crucial air mission planning course

Afghan Air Force takes over instruction of crucial air mission planning course

It has been a year of significant milestones for the Afghan National Security Forces as they have taken a definitive lead in providing security for Afghanistan. The International Security Assistance Force has moved to an increasingly train, advise and assist role after nearly a decade of combatting the enemies of Afghanistan, shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan forces…. Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 24-Nov-13

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07-Sep-13 MD Helicopters MD530F Shindand, Afghanistan

Landed on an IED during training flight, blowing one skid off.  Helicopter caught fire.  2 POB were U.S. Army CW4 Thomas “Andy” Miller and Afghan air force Lt. Massoud Islamkhil – both were saved by a Mi-17 crew

07-Sep-13

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Afghan helicopters support independent operations

Afghan helicopters support independent operations

The Uruzgan based 4th Brigade of the Afghan National Army has taken major steps in perfecting its logistic resupply and casualty evacuation capabilities by using helicopters from the Kandahar Air Wing. During an independent operation in Kajran district, Daykundi province, Afghan forces coordinated an ammunition, personnel and equipment resupply from Tarin Kot, Uruzgan, using two… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 02-Apr-13

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New Mi-17 simulator pushes Afghan pilots’ capabilities

New Mi-17 simulator pushes Afghan pilots’ capabilities

Afghan pilots now have a state-of-the-art MI-17 simulator here to hone their aviation skills in a safe environment. Air Force Lt. Col. Chas Tacheny, the deputy commander of the 438 Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, said he has been involved with bringing the MI-17V5 No-Motion Level 5 Simulator to Afghanistan since July 2011 and he is… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 21-Apr-12

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Maintenance advisers certify first Afghan Air Force expediter

Maintenance advisers certify first Afghan Air Force expediter

Maintenance advisers recently certified the first Afghan Air Force flight line expediter at Kandahar Air Wing. A direct maintenance commander delegate on the flight line, an expediter is responsible for efficiently utilizing manning and resources to effectively execute the flight schedule agreed upon by both maintainers and operators. Advisers indicate the new capability will ensure… Read more »

Source: NATO, 08-Dec-11

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Afghan AF completes first year of Mi-17 intermediate maintenance

Afghan AF completes first year of Mi-17 intermediate maintenance

Defense Technology Inc. announced today that they completed teaching one year of Mi-17 intermediate level maintenance training for the Afghan Air Force.  Over thirty Afghan soldiers have now graduated from the class and are ready to lead maintenance teams in the field. Under the leadership of the USAF 440th Air Expeditionary Squadron, these classes were… Read more »

Source: DTI, 24-Aug-11

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RAF officer trains first female Afghan helicopter pilots

RAF officer trains first female Afghan helicopter pilots

The RAF’s youngest female pilot, Flying Officer Emma Atkinson, is currently training Afghanistan’s first female Air Force helicopter pilots in a small office tucked away in a corner of Kabul’s airport. The ‘Thunder Lab’ flight school is part of the NATO Air Training Command (Afghanistan) and the training given there is designed to help ease… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 28-Jun-11

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15-Jun-11 707 Mil Mi-171 Mandapul, Afghanistan

Helicopter ended up on its port side with the tail boom broken

15-Jun-11

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11-May-11 209 Mil Mi-17 Paroon, Afghanistan

Crashed into a tree in Paroon, Nuristan, while four helicopters were landing inside a compound of National Directorate of Security, Nuristan governor Jamaluddin Badr said

11-May-11

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NATO Allies and Russia put their trust in Afghan Air Force

NATO Allies and Russia put their trust in Afghan Air Force

Thanks to the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund, the Afghan Air Force is receiving the tools to operate its helicopter fleet more efficiently. Launched on 2 March 2011, the NRC Trust Fund is managed in accordance with established policy and under the overall supervision of the NRC Preparatory Committee, with Germany acting as… Read more »

Source: NATO, 28-Apr-11

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Kandahar Air Wing achieves medevac milestone

Kandahar Air Wing achieves medevac milestone

A combined team of Afghan air force and coalition members conducted the first dedicated Mi-17 medical evacuation mission April 11 here. The team moved an Afghan National Army officer, who incurred a compound leg fracture, from Camp Bastion back to Kandahar. The planning for the inaugural mission began one month ago when Afghan air force… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 24-Apr-11

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US trained AAF pilots advance in Mi-17 course, designated co-pilots

US trained AAF pilots advance in Mi-17 course, designated co-pilots

The first two Afghan air force helicopter pilots to complete basic aviator training in the U.S. recently became qualified as co-pilots in the Mi-17 helicopter, the focal point of the AAF’s rotary-wing force. The qualification marks a major milestone for the duo now nearing the half-way point in their Mi-17 training. In order to receive… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 13-Apr-11

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Twelve graduate AAF Mi-17 helicopter engine and body maintenance course

Twelve graduate AAF Mi-17 helicopter engine and body maintenance course

Twelve Afghan Air Force Airmen graduated from the Mi-17 helicopter engine and body maintenance course at the Afghan Air Force Base in Kabul, Afghanistan March 26, marking just the second time AAF troops completed the training. Split into separate one month units consisting of classroom based familiarization and practical, hands-on application, the course, totaling over… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 28-Mar-11

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First US trained Afghan pilots begin Mi-17 qualification course

First US trained Afghan pilots begin Mi-17 qualification course

The first two Afghan Air Force helicopter pilots to complete basic pilot training in the U.S. recently began the “Initial Mi-17 Qualification Course” meant to convert them into Mi-17 helicopter pilots at the Afghan Air Force Base in Kabul. A hybrid of Croatian and U.S. helicopter training syllabi, the course is a six-month evolution that… Read more »

Source: NTM-A, 27-Jan-11

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Milestone for Afghan Air Force means better trained pilots

Milestone for Afghan Air Force means better trained pilots

The Afghan air force reached a new milestone with the opening of the pilot training program recently here. The first Afghan pilots began their eight-week instruction course early in January with a four-day academic schedule before beginning flight instruction on the Mi-17 Hip H. “We are helping the Afghans develop a training program that’s going… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 21-Jan-11

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Afghan Air Force begins first local Mi-17 overhaul

Afghan Air Force begins first local Mi-17 overhaul

The Afghan air force transported a Mi-17 helicopter to Afghanistan Rotary Logistics at the Kabul International Airport, Jan. 16, as part of the implementation of the AAF’s first local maintenance overhaul. Due to an inability to extensively refurbish aircraft within the confines of Afghanistan, the AAF has until now been forced to ship aircraft to… Read more »

Source: NTM-A, 18-Jan-11

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Afghan Air Force completes first 100 hour Mi-17 inspection

Afghan Air Force completes first 100 hour Mi-17 inspection

The Afghan Air Force Kandahar Air Wing (KAW) recently completed its first 100-hour maintenance phase inspection on a Mi-17 transport helicopter. A nine-person Afghan Tiger Team from Kabul, plus NATO advisors taught KAW’s maintainers how to conduct the 100-hour phase inspection: what to do, what to look for and how to document their findings and… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 29-Oct-10

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Defense Technology donate Mi-17 safety documentations to Afghan Air Force

Defense Technology donate Mi-17 safety documentations to Afghan Air Force

Defense Technology Inc. (DTI) announced today that they had donated the historical maintenance bulletins for the Mi-17 aircraft to the Afghan Air Force. The Mi-17 manufacturers (OEMs) regularly issue safety and maintenance bulletins for the aircraft models they have produced. These bulletins contain important flight safety information, new maintenance procedures, required part replacements and other… Read more »

Source: Defense Technology, 22-Oct-10

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Afghan Air Force helicopter fleet grows

Afghan Air Force helicopter fleet grows

On Oct. 4, 2010, the Afghan Air Force received delivery of four new Mi-17 V5 helicopters, bringing the current fleet to 31, sixof which are the latest V5 variant. This is part of a purchase of ten helicopters, which will be complete by the end of 2010. In a yet to be determined procurement, the… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 06-Oct-10

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Afghan Air Force learning to fire rockets from helicopters in Kandahar

Afghan Air Force learning to fire rockets from helicopters in Kandahar

Afghan Air Force helicopter pilots and crews in Kandahar began learning how to plan, handle and execute Mi-17 helicopter live weapons fire by firing more than 100 air-to-ground rockets. The ground and flight training was first given to NATO advisors in Kandahar by the Combined Air Power Transition Force serving shoulder-to-shoulder with the Afghan Air Force in Kabul.  The basic air-to-ground missile skills and… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 02-Sep-10

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Afghan Mi-17s start live fire training

Afghan Mi-17s start live fire training

The Afghan Air Force performed its first Mi-17 Live Fire at the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul on August 1, 2010. This was the first validation of the training syllabus from the Russian manuals for the Mi-17. Two helicopters performed live firing at the KMTC range, one Mi-17 and one Mi-35. Combined, the two… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 03-Aug-10

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Afghan Air Force performs Mi-17 sling load

Afghan Air Force performs Mi-17 sling load

On July 1, 2010, the Afghan Air Force and Combined Air Power Transition Force advisors conducted an operational sling load with the Mi-17 transport helicopter from Kabul International Airport to Orgun-e in the Paktika province. Flying 12,500 feet above sea-level and carrying a 3,200 lbs. crate, the Mi-17 helicopter handled the load with very few… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 05-Jul-10

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Afghan Air Corps conducts first Mi-17 & Mi-35 Combined Operation

Afghan Air Corps conducts first Mi-17 & Mi-35 Combined Operation

The Afghan National Army Air Corps’s 377th Rotary Wing Squadron conducted their first combined operation mission on May 13th, 2010 using two Mi-17s for transport and two Mi-35s to provided air escort. Three mixed U.S. and Afghan crews and one all Afghan crew transported 70 Afghan National Army troops from Jalalabad to Forward Operating Base BOSTICK. The Mi-17s transported… Read more »

Source: NATO Training Mission, 17-May-10

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15-Jan-09 574 Mil Mi-17 Adraskan district, Herat province, Afghanistan (13F)

15-Jan-09 574 Mil Mi-17 Adraskan district, Herat province, AFghanistan

15-Jan-09

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