Nato-Russia Council

Afghan technicians start helicopter training

NATO-Russia Council Afghan Helicopter Technician Training Phase 2 01Afghan Airforce helicopter maintenance technicians take part in their first class at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant in Russia.

The first group of Afghan helicopter technicians under Phase 2 of the Project arrived in Novosibirsk, Russia to begin their NATO-Russia Council helicopter maintenance course at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP), on 10 September.

This fourth group of Afghan technicians to be trained through the NATO-Russia Council Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund will now begin their theoretical training at NARP. After successfully completing this stage of the course, the Afghan Air Force technicians will move onto practical, hands-on training honing their skills in maintaining Mi-17 helicopters in NARP’s extensive workshops.

Ensuring local capacity to maintain and repair the Afghan Air Force’s vital fleet of Mi-17 helicopters is a crucial contribution to security in Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force technicians already trained by the NRC are making important contributions to ensuring that the helicopters in Afghanistan can do their important jobs. The NRC website spoke to previous Afghan trainees in an interview you can access here:  Afghan Helicopter Trust Fund Set for Second Phase