Afghan national security forces have gained integration aircraft cannon on the GS-23 combat helicopter Mi-35 reports ASDNews June 3.
May 15 crew 377 Squadron (Kabul) for the first time released 23 of the projectile from the gun dvuhstvolnoy GS-23 design-Gryazev Shipunova. This achievement is a fundamental milestone in the Afghan Air Force and NATO aviation training center. «This instrument provides efficient destruction of ground targets from the air,» said the commander of the 438th Expeditionary Squadron NATO training Lt. Col. Brandon Deacon (Brandon Deacon). The helicopter crew consisted of a 2-Afghan pilots who were taught Czech instructors.
«The availability of such capacity is very crucial for the Afghan Air Force. This instrument will allow us to firmly defend our borders and make fire support to ground forces, «said the pilot 377 Squadron Colonel Khair Muhammad Hashmi (Khair Mohammad Hashmi).
Successful integration of GS-23 has allowed to be armed Mi-35 are three types of guns — GS-23, Yak-B machine gun 12.7 mm and blocks NAR C-57 caliber 57 mm. During class carriages 2-helicopters fired a total difficulties 725 shells.
Ability to provide specific aviation ground support Afghan army units by the Air Force in Afghanistan is actually crucial and will allow a large extent make up for the conclusion of aviation forces of the International Coalition of the country.
Air Force in Afghanistan are themselves capable of using the Mi-17 and Mi-35 do countless air mission without the help of NATO advisers, including fire support for troops, supplies and evacuate the wounded and other tasks.