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Afghans MD 530F proving worth, says NATO

8th November 2016 - 13:38 GMT | by Nicholas Fiorenza in Brussels


The MD530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopter has been cited as one of the improvements in the Afghan national defence and security forces (ANDSF) over the last 12 months.

US Brig Gen Charles Cleveland, spokesperson for NATO's Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan, noted the number of MD530Fs in service with the Afghan Air Force (AAF) had increased from ‘a handful’ to 27 aircraft.

Cleveland said the helicopters were being used constantly, flying strike missions throughout Afghanistan.

AAF pilots are using target discrimination and discipline ‘so they are not dropping bombs just anywhere’, Cleveland said, placing this in the

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Nicholas Fiorenza


Nicholas Fiorenza

Nicholas Fiorenza is a Shephard contributor based in Brussels.

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