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Afghanistan Military : Updates & Discussions

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by Agent_47, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog Staff Member MODERATOR

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    US prepares first Black Hawk deliveries to Afghanistan

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    The United States is on course to deliver the first batch of four Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters to Afghanistan in the coming weeks.

    NATO announced on its Resolute Support Facebook page on 15 August that, with the first aircraft now tested and ready for delivery, the remaining three of the first batch will all be ready for handover to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) by the end of September.

    The announcement by NATO marks the latest milestone in an effort to transition the AAF’s rotary-winged air mobility capabilities over to the Black Hawk and so end the service’s reliance on Russian-made Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopters. In November 2016 it was disclosed by US Senator Richard Blumenthal that the US Department of Defense (DoD) will provide the AAF with 53 Black Hawks that are being transferred from US Army stocks and upgraded. A delivery timeline was not disclosed.

    In its efforts to re-equip the Afghan armed forces, the central mantra of the US government has been that all equipment must be easy to maintain and support. As one senior US military official previously put it to Jane's, "One thing you have to remember is that none of these guys are cowards; they will fight [but the problem is that] they don't have the national [support] base [and] they don't have the industry. It is tough to get parts; it is tough to maintain things."

    The Russian-built Mi-17 is renowned for being rugged and reliable, and so fit the bill perfectly. The AAF operates about 50 Mi-17s, with the Special Mission Wing (SMW) fielding about 30 more. These have been obtained from the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom, and were funded largely by the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

    http://www.janes.com/article/73120/us-prepares-first-black-hawk-deliveries-to-afghanistan

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    US ISSUES $1.38 BILLION CONTRACT FOR 150 MD-530F FOR AFGHANISTAN

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    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a $1.38 billion U.S. contract to MD Helicopters for 150 MD-530F Cayuse Warrior lightweight scout helicopters for the Afghan Air Force (AAF).

    In addition to the helicopters, the contract also includes “program management, delivery support, pilot training and maintenance” with a program completion date of August 31, 2022.

    The MD-530F is a single-engine (Rolls-Royce 250-C30 with 650 shp) helicopter with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 1,496 kg. It has a useful load of 979 kg, maximum cruise speed of 203 km/h, range of 435 km and flight ceiling of 16,000 ft (MD Helicopters).

    Afghanistan already operates the MD-530F as an armed scout. Its armament options include the M260 2.75″ Rocket Pod, FNH HMP400 gun pod with the M3P heavy machine gun, and M184 machine gun.

    Notes & Comments:

    The MD-530F transfer is part of a wider Pentagon initiative to revamp the AAF with U.S.-origin aircraft for counterinsurgency (COIN) and counter-terrorism (CT) operations, such as troop transport, logistics, close air support (CAS) and precision-guided strikes.

    Gen. Phillip A. Stewart, the commander of TAAC-Air [Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air] told the Afghan news outlet TOLO News that the AAF will receive $7 billion in support over the next four years.

    In November 2016, the DoD had announced that it will supplant the AAF’s legacy Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters with Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk utility helicopters. The UH-60As were to be drawn from surplus U.S. Army stocks and then refurbished and upgraded.

    Specific changes have not been disclosed, but analysts expect the helicopters (designated UH-60A+) to use the General Electric (GE) T-700-GE-701C turboshaft engine, which powers the UH-60M (The Drive). The first batch of three UH-60A+ were being prepared for delivery in August (IHS Jane’s), the AAF is slated to receive 53 Black Hawk helicopters.

    The AAF also operates 12 (of an eventual 20) Sierra Nevada A-29 Super Tucano CAS aircraft. Deliveries of the A-29 began in January 2016, with combat operations commencing in April of that year. Last July, the AAF requested to assume full responsibility for flight line maintenance for the A-29.

    Despite the scale and focused vision of the Afghan armament effort, the U.S.-led program has drawn some criticism for various quarters, mainly for not arming the AAF in accordance with its realities.

    For example, the MD-530F – when it was inducted in 2015 – itself was criticized by then AAF Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari for being underpowered, ill-protected and under-armed for its intended role in the AAF, which was basically that of an attack helicopter. However, younger AAF officers appear to be content with the MD-530F (New York Times). The U.S. has tried equipping the AAF with affordable hardware that can readily be inducted, maintained and produce relatively strong operational gains in COIN and CT missions.

    While the A-29 and MD-530F channels are seemingly progressing, the equipment program had suffered a sharp indictment in 2014 when a decision was made to scrap 16 AAF C-27A transport aircraft (worth $486 million) due to spare parts shortages (Reuters). Thus, platforms with limited market ubiquity and support run the risk of long-term failure in Afghanistan.

    While the UH-60A+ is far from that risk (given that it has a significant number of users and a distributed – and growing – supply channel), there are concerns of how well AAF air and maintenance crew will fare maintaining the Black Hawk, which is more sophisticated than the Mi-17. Granted, such personnel can be trained organically from new recruits, but as the A-29 program shows, autonomous operation (without TAAC-Air support) is likely to be an objective for the long-term.

    http://quwa.org/2017/09/06/us-issues-1-38-billion-contract-150-md-530f-afghanistan/
     
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    Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan
    30.10.2014 / Moscow

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    The delivery of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army was completed in October 2014. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Department of Defense was signed in 2011, 63 helicopters produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, have been delivered to Afghanistan.

    Rosoboronexport proved itself a reliable supplier of military helicopters, and in implementing the contract to supply Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Afghanistan was highly evaluated by its US partners. Mi-8/17 helicopters have shown that they perform well in Afghanistan, with its challenging climate and mountainous areas. The helicopters supplied assist with the successful formation of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and are part of Russia-US cooperation in the fight against international terrorism.

    The Russian side, the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSVTS Russia), confirms it is ready to discuss potential future supplies of Mi- type helicopters, and also to provide maintenance and after-sales servicing to Russian-made helicopters already in operation.

    http://www.russianhelicopters.aero/en/press/news/Mi-17V-5_ANA_2014/?sphrase_id=103586
     
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    Afganisan Helicopter/Light attack fleet is getting formidable.

    80+ Mi-17
    53 UH-60A+
    150 MD 530F
    20 A-29 Super Tuacno
    10+ Mi-35 ( Expact more indian transfers when IAF receives Apache)

    Some reports saying BlackHawks are replacement for Mi-17. Any idea if its true?

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    Afghan A-29 Super Tucano


     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    They [US] want Afghan Defence Forces go full NATO standards.
     
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    AC-208 Combat Caravan

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    The AC-208 Combat Caravan offers a robust day/night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solution now available with precision counterinsurgency, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities (ISR). It is easily convertible from “Clean Wing” ISR to armed operation with Hellfire Missiles.

    Ownship targeting and weapons employment is provided via integrated targeting and fire control systems. Off-board data links provide full-motion video to ground stations or other aircraft.

    Features
    • Orbital ATK's STAR Mission System, with the STAR Compact MPU, 18-inch Avedon color display and integrated fire-control system
    • MX-15D EO/IR sensor with integrated laser designator and IMU
    • AGM-114M/K Missile (other weapons coming soon)
    • Wing Hardpoint Installation Missile Pylon Integration
    • AAR-47/ALE-47 Defensive Countermeasures System
    • Ballistic panels for cockpit and passenger protection
    • BMS A/G and A/A data link (other data links available)
    • VHF/UHF communications
    • Cockpit tactical displays
    Orbital ATK receives $69.4M for Afghan air force AC-208 light aircraft
     
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  9. randomradio

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    I doubt it. Those Mi-17s are brand new.
     
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    Very interesting report

    Looks like the National Police seems to be better motivated.

    Fives years since this report , has Gelareh Kiazand return there again ?
     
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    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    https://www.stripes.com/news/critic...eet-could-undermine-afghan-air-force-1.460228

    The replacement intend sounds credible, but obviously has a political note to it.

    On a side note, I don't understand why we don't put full political power behind the sale of Rudra and Dhruv to Afghanistan?
     
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    We don't have any leverage in Afghan militarily. Donating some choppers is not good enough.
     
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    U.S. government orders 150 MD-530F 'Cayuse Warrior' light scout helicopters for Afghanistan costing $1.39 billion
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    The MD Helicopters MD 530F is a hot and high version of the MD 500E light helicopter. The helicopter's high-altitude-lift capability comes from main-rotor blades that are six inches longer than the MD 500E. The tail boom is extended and the tail rotor blades are lengthened for increased thrust and directional control at high altitudes.

    Afghanistan already operates the MD-530F as an armed scout. Its armament options include the M260 2.75″ Rocket Pod, FNH HMP400 gun pod with the M3P heavy machine gun, and M184 machine gun.

    The helicopters wil be used for counterinsurgency (COIN) and counter-terrorism (CT) operations, such as troop transport, logistics, close air support (CAS) and precision-guided strikes. The deliveries should be completed by August 2022.
     
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    Some of 100 T72s should be donated along with some engine upgrades, we will anyway replace them in few years.
     
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    The first Afghan Air Force UH-60s arrived today in Kandahar. They will help further develop a capable and sustainable AAF
     

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