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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