Afghan Air Force received four more A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircrafts from the United States on Tuesday, Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced.
The four new fighter aircrafts are part of the 20 A-29s that would be given to Afghanistan by the United States till 2018 aimed at strengthening the Afghan Air Force capabilities.
US already delivered four plans to Afghan army this year and now with this batch, the Afghan army has a total of eight A-29 fixed-wing Super Tucanos.
“Afghanistan’s Air Force is getting strengthened day by day and receiving more fighting equipments which will more boost and support the Afghan ground troops in the fight against militants,” MoD said in a statement.
Afghan military officials have always insisted on the importance of air support to defeat the insurgents in remote valleys, where ground forces face with difficulties.
“Utilization of these aircrafts will further boost the series of deadly airstrikes against terrorists’ hideouts in the country,” the statement added.
The A-29s were gifted to Afghanistan as a replacement for the soon-to-retire Russian MI-35 helicopter gunship, which has been kept alive via heavy cannibalization of parts.