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Afghan Air Force struggling to operate MD 530 fleet

26th October 2018 - 09:21 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


Afghanistan's air force is still consistently reliant on contractor intervention ‘to perform the majority of maintenance and sustainment activities’ on MD 530 light attack helicopters, according to a new report assessing Afghan defence forces capabilities, by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Efforts on the part of the Afghan Air Force to ‘independently conduct MD 530 helicopter operations’ are limited to ‘short intervals’, the report also confirms.

The Afghanistan security review, titled: Afghanistan security: some improvements reported in Afghan Forces’ capabilities, but actions needed to enhance DoD oversight of US-purchased equipment, deals with three main pieces of US-purchased equipment, all of which

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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