RS Mission in Afghanistan: United States and Afghan Air Campaign Expands
Pasbanan- Kandahar, Afghanistan – according to RS mission in Afghanistan United State Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) and Afghan National Defense and Security Force’s (ANDSF) are going to expand their air campaign against Taliban with arrival of A-10C Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft, squadron in Jan. 19
According to a newsletter of RS Mission in Kandahar: Commonly known as the Warthog, the A-10’s return to Afghanistan supports the increased need for close air support and precision strike capacity for a variety of efforts, including the strategic air campaign targeting Taliban revenue sources and counter-terrorism operations that continue to take place. These operations will also be supported by the placement of additional aircraft at Kandahar Airfield, including MQ-9 Reapers that provide armed over-watch and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of the battlefield, and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, to conduct personnel recovery and search and rescue.
The newsletter adds: “The Taliban still has not felt the full brunt of American and Afghan air power,” said U.S. Air Force Major General James Hecker, commander of 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan and NATO Air Command-Afghanistan. “With the arrival of new air assets and the growing capabilities of Afghan pilots, the Talban will have a constant eye towards the sky as an integrated unified fight is aimed directly to them.”
In a matter of days A-10s will conduct their first strike against the Taliban, continuing the air campaign destroying narcotics production facility. Since November, 30 strikes conducted against Taliban narcotics production facilities resulted more than $20 million in total impact on Taliban revenue.