By Samim Faramarz
The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Saturday said six Black Hawk helicopters will be handed over to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) by next week.
The Black Hawks will eventually replace the Russian Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters currently in use by the AAF.
A few months ago, the United States announced that it will provide the Afghan Air Force with 150 Black Hawks and other aircraft over the next four years.
According to the MoD, the air force will take delivery of the first Black Hawks next week.
“We need Black Hawks to overcome a number of challenges including transferring supplies, eradicating enemy strongholds, evacuating patients and wounded and also transferring supplies to check-posts that are located in mountains,” defense ministry spokesman, Dawlat Waziri said.
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