KABUL: US on Thursday delivered four new A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft to the Afghan Air Force as a sign of continued support for the war-ravaged country, Afghan sources confirmed.
The delivery of Tucano attack aircraft is being considered as a gesture of assistance to the Afghan people for their protection and security.
The A-29 Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter insurgency and close air support. In January 2016, the U.S. Air Force delivered the first four of 20 A-29s to the Afghan Air Force.
The Afghan forces can use these aircrafts for close air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance.
The transfer of 150 Black Hawk helicopters, 150 MD 530 helicopters, six A-29 fixed-wing warplanes and five AC-208 warplanes is part of the US commitment to Afghanistan by 2021.
While addressing the people on the occasion, US army CDR Lt. Gen. Deedrick said that the Allies remain steadfast in commitment to assist Afghanistan, with training, with funding as they provide security for the Afghan people.
He further added, “With the addition of these four aircraft, we have now transferred eighteen A-29s since 2016 & we will continue to transfer an additional six in Feb.”
The Defense Minister of Afghanistan Assadullah Khalid said that it demonstrates resolute support from the US for Afghanistan. He added the support would continue until terrorism is defeated in Afghanistan and the region.
Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid expressed his views on intra-Afghan talks. He said that, significant surge in violence with the launch of intra-Afghan negotiations with the Taliban seeking position of strength at the table.
He added, the Afghan forces remain on the defensive posture.
He warned enemies of Afghanistan should end dreaming about dissolving the Afghan forces on the commands of Pakistan.