Afghan Air Force increases its C-27A fleet.
The Afghan Air Force received an addition to its forces last week with the arrival of the ninth C-27A Spartan transport aircraft at the Afghan Air Force Base in Kabul. An 11 percent increase in the number of C-27s brings the Afghan Air Force closer to its goal of 20 Spartans.
The C-27A is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft with short take-off and landing capability. The Spartan is suited for Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain and limited road network.
Seen as a key contributor to the future of the Afghan Air Force, the C-27 is phasing out the Antonov-32 transport aircraft as the centerpiece of Afghanistan’s cargo/transport mission, said Maj. Jay Troxell, a C-27 advisor with the NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan/538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron.
Troxell, who helped fly the aircraft from Italy to Kabul, believes the new C-27 brings value not only in bolstering the size of the Afghan Air Force’s fixed -wing assets, but it also provides a good training platform for the force’s developing pilot corps.