Super-Tucano turboprop aircraft in service with the Afghanistan Air Force dropped laser-guided bombs in the flight against Taliban.
“This was the first time that [Afghan] pilots employed guided live bombs utilizing the on-board Forward Looking Infrared system,” Maj. Nicholas Plante, a spokesman for Train, Advise and Assist Command-Air, said in a statement to Military Times.
In this exercise, the pilots shot off GBU-58s, which are 250-pound laser-guided bombs, alongside NATO advisors piloting the Super Tucanos. The weapons hit all targets, according to a Twitter post by Resolute Support on Jan. 4.
“The exercise included two Afghan Air Force A-29s with an Afghan pilot in the rear seat of each aircraft responsible for operating the Forward Looking Infrared system and the laser designator,” Plante said.
According to the spokesman, moving forward "all Afghan combat sorties" will be carried out independently of NATO advisers.
The Afghan Air Force’s A-29 has a mountable targeting pod under the plane’s engine that can provide laser guidance through both a self-lase and a buddy-lase, according to Plante.
Last week, the Afghan forces were equipped with 12 A-10 ‘Warthog’ ground attack aircraft and MQ-9 Reaper drones to provide armed overwatch and reconnaissance of the battlefield, as well as HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters for personnel recovery and combat search and rescue, to ramp up military operations against ‘Daesh’ militant group.
The US forces in Afghanistan have redeployed a squadron of 12 A-10 ‘Warthog ground attack aircraft, to ramp up military operations against ‘Daesh militant group. The Warthogs, armed with a 30 mm cannon and known for their ability to fly low and slow, can provide air support while undertaking counterterrorism missions and targeting Taliban narcotics production facilities, the US military said in a statement on Tuesday
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Singapore's UAV Command have been deployed in the fight against terror in Afghanistan, Second Minister for Defence Mr Ong Ye Kung said on November 24. Speaking after visiting the UAC command base at at Murai Camp, Kung said, "Our UAVs have been deployed to Afghanistan to assist in the global fight against terrorism and contribute to the reconstruction of Afghanistan
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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
Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) has been awarded a $1,808,000,000 contract for potential procurement, sustainment, modifications, ferry, and related equipment for the A-29 light air support attack aircraft. Work will be performed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; and Kabul, Kandahar, and Mazari Sharif Air Bases, Afghanistan
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has collected over a million of statements of alleged war crimes from Afghan citizens in a span of three months. According to Human Rights and Eradication of Violence organization, the ICC had received 1
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