Tue, Sep

AAF Special Brigade "777" Leads Night Raids Successfully


Swat-helicopterAs the air support is now upon the shoulders of Afghan troops after the end of NATO combat mission in Afghanistan, the 777th special brigade of Afghan Air Force (AAF) emphasizes that it is successfully conducting the night raids and that without any causality to the forces so far.

Gen. Abdul Fahim Ramin, the commander of 777, said the operations were being conducted jointly with the Police, Commando and NDS Special Forces.
"We have had no casualty so far," Gen. Ramin said. "Because initially we formulate an accurate plan and then launch the operation."

The 777th Joint Air Brigade, involving Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) Special Forces was established in 2012.

According to security officials, the establishment of the air brigade was aimed at strengthening the country's Air Force.

Meanwhile, the AAF pilots also seem glade with leading the operations independently.

"We have the ability to lead the operations independently against insurgents and drug traffickers in coordination with our ground forces," AAF pilot Mohammad Dawood said.

According to AAF officials, the Afghan air forces are now fully equipped and have skilled engineers. They insisted that they need no assistance from foreign technical engineers for the maintenance of their helicopters.

Night raids are among the hardest missions of these forces, a mission previously carried out by foreign troops but now upon the shoulders of AAF.

AAF has a key role in every mission and can easily eliminate threats. Currently on average, there are 84 combat and logistic flights from Kabul military airfield.

The training of AAF forces began in 2009; with so far only 20 Afghan pilots have received professional training from the United States.
Shortcomings in AAF is the biggest challenge to Afghanistan after the NATO withdrawal. However, the international community has promised to continue helping Afghanistan in this sector until 2017.