2017 to present

Afghan Air Force UH-60A Black Hawk

The first of eventually 159 UH-60A+, A models with the UH-60L engine to tolerate the heat extremes in the desert, arrived at Kandahar via C-17 from Huntsville Intl Airport on September 18, 2017 to begin replacing the aging fleet of MI-17.

As of March 2018, 8 helicopters were delivered and used mainly for training. Deliveries are scheduled to continue as 30 per year.

On June 2018, a Pentagon report described the challenges of the Black Hawk to replace the Mi-17 which are superior in cargo capacity and high altitude flying

On January 2020, it was announced that the number of UH-60 planed to be delivered will be reduced from 159 to just 53.

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Afghan Air Force Black Hawk Crashed, 11-Dec-18 : #BlackHawk One of the “new” UH-60A+ Black Hawk delivered to the Afghan Air Force crashed last month allegedly after a technical malfunction

Pentagon Found Challenges Replacing Afghan Mi-17, 16-Jun-18 : #problems According a Pentagon report, US plans to replace Afghan Mi-17 with Black Hawks have met new “challenges” as the Russian helicopters are superior in cargo capacity and high altitude flying

Afghan Black Hawk Pilots Training in Slovakia, 05-Mar-18 : Afghanistan pilots and aviation engineers starting training in new Slovak Training Academy in Kosice

First Afghan Black Hawk Pilots Graduate, 20-Nov-17 : Six Afghan Air Force members are the first AAF UH-60 Black Hawk pilots. Training takes 16 weeks and they expect to have 32 crews by 2019

Leidos to Support Aircraft for Afghanistan Air Force, 24-Oct-17 : Leidos, a logistic and services provider, will deliver all flight operations, maintenance, and logistics for the Afghan Air Force in Kabul under an US Army contract

First UH-60A+ Black Hawk Delivered to Afghan Air Force, 19-Sep-17 : Afghan Air Force received first 4 of 159 expected UH-60A+ Black Hawk helicopters

List of Aircraft

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70-510 AAF, UH-60A+ type; via C-17 from Huntsville Intl Airport (+
US Army Aviation 82-23687: US Army
70-125 AAF, UH-60A+ type; via C-17 from Huntsville Intl Airport ( +
US Army Aviation 79-23308: US Army; 1998 1022nd MedCo, WY ARNG; 2004 C(-)/5-159th +
70-100     ?: AAF 2019
US Army Aviation 79-23283: UH-60A Del US Army

17 Sep 1999, 4/278th CAV

being conv to UH-60A+ for Afghan Air Force at Huntsvil+
70-216     ?: AAF, UH-60A+ type 2019
US Army Aviation 80-23458: del US Army

asg B Coy 1-147th AVN

Dec17 stored at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL

sold through the BEST program and refurbished in Huntsv+

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