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Afghan Air Force’s transition to Black Hawk helos ‘presents challenges’, says Pentagon’s Lead Inspector General

20 June 2018

Afghan Air Force's transition to Black Hawk helos 'presents challenges', says Pentagon's Lead Inspector General.

The Afghan Air Force's (AAF's) ongoing transition from the Russian-built Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopter to the Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk "presents several challenges that have yet to be fully addressed," according to a report by the Lead Inspector General at the Pentagon for the United States' 'Freedom's Sentinel' operation in Afghanistan.

"Black Hawks do not have the lift capacity of Mi-17s. They are unable to accommodate some of the larger cargo items the Mi-17s can carry and, in general, it takes almost two Black Hawks to carry the load of a single Mi-17", said the inspector general in his latest quarterly report to US Congress covering 1 January to 31 March.

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