“Right now, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are not part of that capability that we are envisioning for them,” said US Brigadier General Walter Givhan, who is helping
“However, I think it fits into that category of things that, as we continue to develop and we get the basics down, that we look at adding to their portfolio,” Givhan said in a report carried by French news agency AFP.
For tracking and hunting down insurgents, drones have become an invaluable asset for the
But Givhan said
The Afghans were also working to train new pilots, with dozens of pilots due to receive instruction in the
The Afghan army’s air corps currently has 36 aircraft and 2700 airmen.
The plan to revive the country’s air force is part of a wider US-led effort to train and equip Afghan security forces to fight the Taliban and allied insurgents.
At the moment, the
The US-led invasion to oust the Taliban regime in 2001 finished off the last remnants of the Soviet-built air force, which at its peak boasted a fleet of more than 350 aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers.