Leidos has won a contract valued up to $728 million from the US Army to support the Afghanistan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) helicopter and fixed-wing fleets.
Work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020.
Through the Afghanistan Contractor Logistics Support contract, Leidos will deliver all flight operations, maintenance, and logistics, and will provide mentoring for the AAF and SMW to operate and maintain aircraft.
In September 2017, Afghan air force received first four U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of a planned replacement of its aging fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters. Reuters reported that the US Army plans to supply 159 Black Hawks to Afghanistan in coming years.
As of April 2017, the Afghan Defence and Security Forces has 47 Mi-17 choppers, out of which 19 are inoperable.
The US expects to replace Afghanistan Air Force's fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters with Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawks, the first two of which were received by the Afghan Air Force in a ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday. Afghanistan plans to acquire more than 100 UH-60 Black Hawks in the coming years
The US will supply Afghanistan with up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to replace its aging fleet of Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters. The country is assisting Afghanistan in its four-year road map to double its 17,000-strong special forces unit and bolster the Afghan Air Force
Afghanistans former President Hamid Karzai has accused the US of using Afghanistan as "a testing ground for new and dangerous weapons”, after Washington dropped the most powerful non-nulcear bomb in Achin district killing 94 Islamic State (IS) fighters Friday. The US used a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the "mother of all bombs" as part of its operations in Afghanistan that killed at least 94 Islamic State fighters, CNN reported Saturday
The Pentagon has awarded over $55 million worth foreign military sales contract to Leidos for logistics support services for the Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing aircraft fleets, the Department of defense announced Thursday. A $55,645,987 modification contract work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020
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