The Afghan Air Force (AAF) in the past two weeks performed its first night sorties using the Sierra Nevada Corporation-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, according to a SNC executive.
SNC vice-president Taco Gilbert told Jane’s on 17 December that the aircraft had the night sortie capability when it was first delivered to the AAF in January 2016, but the nascent air force was not experienced enough to use it on its own. Gilbert said these sorties were also the first time the AAF deployed munitions at night.
Gilbert said the AAF deploys many non-precision munitions as the Super Tucano’s slower speed and better visibility allows more precise targeting. This also allows the air force to use cheaper munitions as it does not have put expensive precision-guided munition kits on non-precision weapons, he added.
US Central Command (USCENTCOM) deferred comment on 20 December to the Afghanistan Ministry of Defence, which had not returned a request for comment at the time of publication.
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