United States Air Force officers will train Afghan Air Force pilots and personnel on how to operate and maintain the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano. “This aircraft is perfect for the mission. It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to interact with the Afghans. We will be teaching them, but we will be learning from them as well,” A-29 Light Air Support training unit commander Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hogan said as quoted in the official website of US Air Force.
Afghan Air Force is set to replace Mil Mi-24 attack helicopter with Super Tucano for counter-insurgency missions. The A-29 Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft designed for light air support.
“This aircraft is a monumental leap in capabilities for the Afghan air force. It will allow us to do some overlap of those (Mi-35) missions and will do a lot better, it will also expand some other missions, which they currently cannot execute,” Hogan adds.
Training will be held at US Moody Air Force Base in Georgia starting February and will last for six months.