Afghan Air Force Fires Rockets From Mi-17

5 September 2010 (Last Updated September 5th, 2010 18:30)

Afghan Air Force (AAF) helicopter pilots in Kandahar are participating in training to plan and execute Mi-17 helicopter live weapons fire by firing over 100 air-to-ground rockets. The AAF Kandahar Air Wing (KAW) will receive basic air-to-ground missile skills and tactics for future se

Afghan Air Force (AAF) helicopter pilots in Kandahar are participating in training to plan and execute Mi-17 helicopter live weapons fire by firing over 100 air-to-ground rockets.

The AAF Kandahar Air Wing (KAW) will receive basic air-to-ground missile skills and tactics for future security and stability operations.

Nato advisers that have learnt that the Combined Air Power Transition Force will train the AAF KAW’s armament personnel.

Training will include the process to safely handle and load the rockets onto Mi-17s with engines running.

738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group commander Colonel Bernard Mater said the training would increase the KAW’s own security for Mi-17 missions to medium risk landing zones when Nato escorts were not available.