Afghan Air Force Helicopter Fleet
Grows To 31
October 5, 2010
By Petty Officer 1st Class Elizabeth Burke
NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan
The Afghan Air Force received four new Mi-17 V5
helicopters, bringing the current fleet to 31, six of
which are the latest V5 variant. The delivery on Oct.
4, 2010 is part of 10 helicopters, which are scheduled
to arrive by year's end.
In a yet-to-be-determined procurement, the Afghan
Ministry of Defense plans to take delivery of another
21 by 2013, bringing the total MoD Mi-17 fleet to 56.
The Mi-17 is the AAF’s mainstay for airfield mobility,
and will be distributed to air units throughout
These Russian-built aircraft are modified in Dubai
to comply with AAF configuration requirements. The
Afghan Air Force standards include a new cockpit, gun
mounts and a tricolor paint scheme.
The Mi-17 has a service life of 25 years with
overhauls every 2,000 flying hours. With normal
projected attrition, the legacy aircraft will require
recapitalization starting in 2014. This represents the
point at which the AAF will transition to a more
western-based platform. Between fiscal years 2014 and
2016 there is a $1 billion budget request to initiate