The Afghan Air Force’s (AAF) Kandahar Air Wing (KAW) has completed its first 100-hour maintenance phase inspection on an Mi-17 transport helicopter.

The 100-hour phase inspection was carried out by KAW maintainers under the supervision of the nine-person Afghan Tiger Team from Kabul and Nato advisers.

During the inspection, KAW maintainers repaired sheet metal for one of the antennae and replaced the tail rotor assembly of an Mi-17 helicopter.

The 100-hour inspection capability will save five flight hours and improve the KAW’s aircraft availability by two days per inspection.

The inspection will result in a 1% efficiency improvement for the AAF’s overall Mi-17 flying hour programme and 28% reduction in 100-hour inspection down-time for the Kandahar Air Wing.