Afghanistan’s Rebuilt UH-60s Could Actually Hurt Its Warfighting Ability in the Near Term

Afghan Air Force pilots are already flying their first UH-60 Black Hawks as part of a U.S.-backed plan known as the Afghan Aviation Transition Plan, to replace that service‚Äôs Mi-17 Hips. Unfortunately, new official data from the Pentagon makes it clear that it will be years before these new American-supplied helicopters can realistically take over from the existing Russian-made ones due to issues with pilot training, maintenance difficulties, and other factors. But what’s most concerning is that these new aircraft are likely to hurt Afghanistan’s combat capabilities in the near term.


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