Afghanistan gets five more MD 530F attack helicopters 21 June, 2016

The Afghan Air Force received five new MD-530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters, according to the USAF.

The latest delivery raises the number of such airframes provided by the United States to the AAF from 13 to 18. A further nine aircraft are scheduled for delivery by the end of August 2016.

Five latest [MD 530Fs] have the capability to fire rockets or .50 calibre machine guns, and sighting systems that are not on the previously delivered helicopters.

While earlier reports indicated that previously fielded MD 530Fs were equipped not only with FN Herstal 12.7 mm (.50 cal) heavy machine gun pods but also with seven-tube M260 launchers for 70 mm rockets. The newly arrived MD 530Fs are the first ones fitted with rockets.

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