“Over the last week, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan’s Security Assistance Office-Afghanistan’s Training Branch has sent 21 military students from Afghanistan to training in the United States. One will be trained at the Ordnance Basic Officer Leadership Course, three will be trained as A-29 aviators for the Afghan Air Force, eight as A-29 mechanics and nine as C-130 mechanics,” according to an online statement by Resolute Support mission.
The statement further added “After English classes, students will go to their respective schools for training. The mechanics, for example, will learn general safety concepts dealing with aircraft, maintenance and the flight line. They will also receive training in technical orders, aircraft safe for maintenance and inspection systems. Additional areas of training focus on hand tools, aircraft hardware, common maintenance practices, aerospace ground support equipment, and foreign object damage.”
According to Resolute Support mission, this is the third group of A-29 mechanics and second group of C-130 mechanics to attend training in the United States. Khaama press reported.
“Currently this capability is being supplemented by U.S. military and contract mechanics, in 2019-2020, that responsibility is expected to be completely shifted over to Afghan mechanics,” the statement added.
The United States handed over the first batch of A-29 light attack aircraft to the Afghan Air Force in mid-January this year.
The A-29 is a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that will provide the Afghan air force with an indigenous air-to-ground capability and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support the country’s counterinsurgency operations.
Eight Afghan Air Force pilots completed their training late last year and graduated from a program hosted by the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in United States and will return to Afghanistan for combat.
The Afghan Air Force (AAF) officials are also optimistic to receive additional close-air support combat choppers and fixed-wing close-air support aircraft during the year.