The third of four Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft for the Afghan Air Force was delivered on 24 September 2014, meaning the airlift fleet of the new Afghan Air Force is slowly getting its form.
Still very much an air weapon ruled by the Pentagon, 12 mission-ready of 16 promised Alenia G222s (aka C-27A Spartans), that were initially given to the Afghans – were withdrawn from Afghan service by the US Department of Defence in 2012.
Instead the generals in North America choose the US’s own aircraft for the Afghan rough airlift task: the bigger C-130, with four aircraft to do the work of the promised 16 G222s. How that goes math wise, is unclear to the editors at Airheadsfly.com but there must have been some reasons for the change.
According to the Afghan news agency Khaama the Afghan Air Force currently now has 102 aircraft and helicopters, being flown, services and supported by 6,800 personnel. The Herc is the biggest military aircraft.
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