Afghan Air Force Drops its First Laser-Guided Bomb to Take Out a Taliban Compound
(PKONWEB Report) — Afghan Air Force has dropped its first laser-guided bomb with the A-29 Super Tucano, using the GBU-58 Paveway to take out this Taliban compound in Farah. U.S. now is working to triple the size of the AAF “by 2023,” says Resolute Support’s director of future operations report Aviation Week.
The Afghan Air Force has 12 A-29s, but will own a total of 25 by 2019.
Afghan Air Force has dropped its first laser-guided bomb with the A-29 Super Tucano, using the GBU-58 Paveway to take out this Taliban compound in Farah. U.S. now working to triple the size of the AAF “by 2023,” says Resolute Support’s director of future operations @AviationWeek pic.twitter.com/V1bwzXY8Te
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The first 4 of 20 A-29 Embraer Super Tucanos were delivered to the Afghan air force in January 2016 and entered service in April same year.
“This will be a significant increase in their capability to provide their own close air support,” the spokesman, Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner said to Aviation Week.
While the pilots had both guided and unguided bombs, they opted for the laser-guided munitions to avoid collateral damage, given the target’s close proximity to civilians, according to a statement from Resolute Support Headquarters.
The aircraft is designed for hot weather operations and rugged terrain and the ability to accurately deliver weapons.
In 2001, Afghanistan’s Air Force was practically nonexistent, and NATO has spent billions of dollars to raise, train and equip the service.
Nurturing these capabilities is one of the keys to success in the country, according to Air Force Brig. Gen. Lance Bunch, director of future operations for Resolute Support.
The Taliban are active on 70 percent of the Afghan territory, fully controlling 4 percent of the nation and demonstrating presence in another 66 percent, a BBC study conducted on August — November 2017 found.
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