The Afghan Air Force has enhanced its strike capability with the implementation of the increased use of laser-guided bombs in southern Afghanistan.
With the introduction of the precision-guided munitions, approximately 96% of air strikes have been successful.
In addition, the new bombs have led to a 30% increase in ground force commander desired effects on the battlefield while ensuring greater overall mission success.
USAF 438th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron commander lieutenant colonel Justin Williams said: “The recent addition of laser-guided bomb strike capability is huge for the Afghan Air Force.”
The conventional bombs enabled with laser guidance kits are built entirely in Afghanistan.
Williams further said: “The bombs are built by Afghan ammunitions specialists and loaded onto Afghan planes by Afghan maintainers. This is one example of how the Afghan Air Force is assuming ownership across the board.
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“Using laser-guided technology, the Afghan Air Force pilots are able to strike with extreme precision, limiting civilian casualties while still having a greater, more profound effect on the battlefield.”
Members of the Afghan Air Force are continuously working in collaboration with their coalition partners with an aim to develop new capabilities that can offer a more professional, capable and sustainable air force.