According to a new report by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) the United States has spent more than $1.8 billion for advancement of Afghan air forces in the years of 2012 to 2015 and in addition more than $ 935 million has been dedicated to the provision of equipment and aircrafts.
SIGAR reported that US has demanded its department of state around $ 925 to 683 million for Afghan air forces; the money has not been paid but requested credit for providing aircrafts increased from $ 21 million to 173 million.
The report stated that the United States has bought 20 aircrafts, type 29-A but the aircrafts yet not delivered.
In the meantime, spokesman of Afghan defense ministry, Dawlat Waziri said he does not have information about the exact figures but emphasized that the US has assisted many aids to Afghan air forces and still is committed to all of them.
For the past 15 years the Afghan military has mostly relied on U.S. aircraft to provide close-air support for combat units on the ground.
Relying on transports for close air support is a bad sign. Despite more than a decade of Western help and millions of dollars in foreign aid, the Afghan Air Force is still dangerously understaffed, poorly equipped and insufficiently trained to launch effective air strikes.
Worse, the deteriorating situation all comes during the Taliban’s latest offensive — and there’s not enough helicopters, planes and pilots to go around.