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Afghan Air Force flew its first Black Hawk NVG resupply mission in March: Pentagon

14 Jul 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The Afghan

Air Force flew its first Night Vision Goggle (NVG) resupply mission using

UH-60A+ Black Hawk helicopter in the month of March.

The Department of Defense stated in its report ‘Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan’ that the Afghan Air Force UH-60 pilots receive basic UH-60 flying skills training through a the six-week Aircraft Qualification Training (AQT).

The report

further added that upon graduation, pilots can attend Mission Qualification

Training (MQT), a 10-week contractor-led, academic and flight instruction

course that graduates pilots as mission-certified “co-pilots.”

Furthermore,

Pentagon said through accrual of flying time and certification, squadron

leadership can certify pilots as aircraft commanders. The AAF has 53 qualified

UH-60 pilots.

Meanwhile,

Pentagon said the Afghan Air Force currently has the capability to support

MD-530 operations (rearm and refuel only) at forward-deployed locations for

short intervals without CLS presence.

According

to Pentagon, the Afghan Air Force will continue to require CLS and supporting

training contracts to maintain combat capability in the mid-term and long-term.

In the

meantime, Pentagon said the Afghan Air Force plans to build MD-530 NVG combat

capability by integrating NVG curriculum into advanced training courses to

support flying point-to-point navigation sorties.

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