MD530 Instructor Pilot Working With Afghans
9/11/2017: The Afghan Air Force in Mazar-e-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan, has grown increasingly independent, launching on and completing missions on a daily basis using MD530 Helicopters and A29 Super Tucano jets.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on September 5 that it has issued a $1.38 billion contract to MD Helicopters “for procurement of an estimated quantity of 150 MD 530F aircraft and required production support services to include program management, delivery support, pilot training and maintenance.”
The Afghan Air Force is slated to receive 150 new MD530 F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters U.S. Department of Defense by 2022 bringing the total number of MD530 Fs operated by the Afghan Defense and National Security Forces (ANSDF) to almost 180.
Video by OF-4 Una Sighvatsdottir
Resolute Support Headquarters