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Afghan Army Air Corps set to reintroduce Mi-35

28th May 2009 - 10:00 GMT | by in Canberra


Afghanistan’s National Army Air Corps is preparing to transition its Mi-35 Hind helicopters into an operational attack role for the first time with planning underway to allow their use in overwatch and convoy support missions.

Brigadier General Walter Givhan, head of the US Air Force’s 438th Expeditionary Wing and the Combined Air Power Transition Force (CAPTF) in Afghanistan, says that the aircraft are currently being readied for more capable strike operations.

“By the summer you will see them actually employing in an escort and overwatch role, but with an attack capability that they haven't had.”

Givhan told a Pentagon Briefing

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