From the event

15 June 2008

PR# 2008-258

Afghan National Army Air Corps now integrated in ISAF’s Intra-Theatre Air Support System

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) completed another ISAF mission yesterday, transporting 2,390 kilograms of ISAF supplies between Kandahar and Kabul.  In addition to the cargo, ANAAC transported their first 21 passengers.

The ANAAC supports the ISAF intra-theatre air support system, known as ITAS, which manages the movement of freight and people by aircraft throughout Afghanistan for ISAF.

“Recently ITAS has added some ANAAC flights to our schedule. We are proud to have added these flights and will endeavour to offer ANAAC flights on a more regular basis in the future,” said, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Brandenburg, Chief of ITAS.

Captain Abdul Hasham, an ANAAC veteran pilot with more than 1,000 hours flight time, conducted the first ANAAC mission for ISAF last Thursday, when a total of 1,855 kilograms of cargo was transported between Kabul and Kandahar in an AN-32 fixed-wing aircraft.

Four Antonov AN-32 "Cline" aircraft were acquired by the ANAAC to complement its fleets of AN-26 fixed-wing cargo aircraft, MI-17 and MI-35 helicopters, and L-39 jet aircraft. The AN-32 is an all-weather transport aircraft that is suited to flying missions in Afghanistan’s tough environment. 

The ANAAC is currently being trained and mentored by the Air Corps Advisory Group (ACAG), part of the Combined Airpower Transition Force Afghanistan (CAPTF-A).

“These missions represent a significant milestone in which the ANAAC is helping ISAF conduct missions in support of rebuilding their nation, achieving another step towards self-sufficiency,” said U.S. Air Force pilot Christopher Lyons, a mentor to the fixed-wing squadron commander.

Re-establishment of an effective Army Air Corps is a national priority for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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