first published on June 17, 2019 by Sean
The Afghan Air Force (AAF) conducts close air support training in A-29 Super Tucano and MD-530F aircraft. US advise and assist personnel help hone the pilot’s skill during these events as the Afghan military attempts to bolsters its combat capabilities.
The Embraer A-29 Super Tucano is a turboprop light attack aircraft that can employ a wide variety of armaments and features a long loiter time over a target area. Highly maneuverable, the relatively inexpensive plane was first fielded by the AAF beginning in early 2016 and has since seen combat throughout the war-torn nation. Boasting a number of weapons systems such as a 20mm cannon, M134 Miniguns, 70mm rockets, air-to-air missiles, and air-to-ground weapons such as precision-guided bombs or Maverick missiles, the rugged aircraft is the perfect tool for the counter-insurgency fight in Afghanistan.
The MD-530F Cayuse Warrior is another highly versatile aircraft that has been in service with the AAF since 2011. The teardrop-shaped fuselage is a more familiar aircraft as it is based on the OH-6 Cayuse light observation helicopter used by US forces. It packs a wide assortment of weapons such guns and rockets that can be easily configured to fit mission requirements.