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Afghanistan receives five new MD-530F attack helicopters

12 Sep 2018 1TV News

2018-09-12 | 21 minute ago

The Afghan Air Force has received five new MD-530F attack helicopters, the manufacturer announced Monday.

The newly delivered helicopters are part of 30 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for AAF that were ordered last year. They were delivered in southern Kandahar province.

“It is an honor to deliver these first five of 30 new Cayuse Warrior aircraft to the Afghan Air Force in support of their vigilant efforts to protect their country and their citizens in the global fight against terror,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MD Helicopters, Inc. “As a proud American manufacturer of the world’s most beloved airframe, our respect for the warfighter and our commitment to delivering effective and efficient attack helicopter solutions is unmatched.”

The latest delivery brings up the total number of such helicopters owned by AAF to 30.

The remaining 25 from the contract will be delivered over the next 12 months.

“The MD 530F Cayuse Warrior has played a critical role in creating an effective, efficient, and sustainable air force in Afghanistan,” Tilton concludes. “It has been a proven performer in support of training and combat operations since joining the Afghan fleet, and has evolved to become the standard for light scout attack helicopter solutions worldwide.”

Strengthening the AAF is a central part of the Afghan government’s four year plan to improve Afghan security forces who have taken full security responsibility after most of the international troops left the country in 2014.

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