I think the thought the teeth in plane are worth 7 million alone
- NATO funds the AAF's program. So no Chinese jets. NATO is more comfortable buying Russian weapons for Afghanistan.
- AAF has a long way to go to induct modern jet engine fighters and manage its operating costs.
Being in nascent stage of building an air force, AAF should focus on four main types of aircraft:
1- Heavy transports: With a terrain like Afghanistan's, aerial connectivity to support ground troops and supply weapons and food is most critical. C-27J Super Spartans meet these requirements well.
Used for transport personnel over a short span of time to short airfields, light transports offer AAF a capability that they need until they are capable enough to deploy bigger and more strategic platforms.
2- Multirole helicopters: With unprepared runways everywhere, there is little guarantee that aircraft accessibility can be all over. Helicopters that can perform well in high altitudes, handle harsh winds, are durable, easy to maintain and can be modified into a multitude of roles like MEDEVAC, troop deployment and ground support.
Being Indian, I would recommend the Dhruv series of helicopters. But then it is upto Afghanistan to decide what they want..
The medium or Heavy division could use Mi-17V5s. They are the latest versions that we ordered and are pretty effective.
4- Gunships- Cost-effective, manageable and most essential in getting rid of Talibunnies. AAF needs rotary wing attack platforms most critically right now as gunships form the base foundation of any air force even today. Able to take off from smallest of places, Attack helicopters would play a critical role in shaping the AAF combat division.
Mi-28 Night Hunters would fit the bill perfectly for heavy division. Light division's choice is upto them.
5- CAS fixed wing aircraft: To support rapid air support to the gunships, these are needed badly. The US decision to provide AAF with Embraer Super Tucano attack aircraft is ideal. Proven in South America, cheap to maintain and operate and deliver enough firepower, these aircraft would make ideal founding stone for Afghanistan.
Give AAF time to mature and then it can maintain its own advanced series of fighter jets.
- Embraer Super Tucano light attack aircraft.
- C-27J tactical transport aircraft
- CASA-295 light transport aircraft
- Mi-17V5 medium lift transport helicopters
- Dhruv ALH light multirole helicopters
- Mi-28N heavy attack helicopters
You should not look for anything more than this right now and give it time to mature.
Afgan should seriously look for Jf-17
There were reports a while back the Afghan AF were interested in the Indian ALH WSI but the request was turned down by India due to political considerations. I wonder with recent news and the signing of the strategic partnership if this decision will be reviewed.
talking about flying machines, who do Afghanistan will use it against? Iran or Pakistan will not invade them while nato is or isn't there. And when nato is gone, taliban will take over the country. So who will you use them against anyway? I rather suggest use that sum to strenthen your social structure. If your social structure is well taken care off, then you would need less flying machines.
Now I am sure that if you get fighter jet you will be force to use them against Pakistan. Iran highly unlikely but possible.
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