Fourth C-130 touches down in Kabul


AC-130 Her­cules touched down at Hamid Karzai In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Kabul, Afghanistan, June 20, bring­ing ex­panded flight ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the Afghan Air Force.

Af­ter a week-long jour­ney be­gin­ning at Lit­tle Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, the ar­rival of the C-130 in Afghanistan’s cap­i­tal city il­lus­trates a part­ner­ship that will pro­vide in­creased tac­ti­cal air­lift and mo­bil­ity oper­a­tions through­out Afghanistan and be­yond.

In 2010, coali­tion part­ners recog­nised that C-130s could pro­vide the Afghan Air Force with in­creased air­lift, re­sup­ply and ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and a plan to sup­ply the Afghan Air Force with a fleet of their own was born. Two air­craft ar­rived in mid-2013, with a third the fol­low­ing sum­mer. The ar­rival of the fourth and fi­nal C-130 from the United States sig­ni­fies a pro­gramme five years in the mak­ing, and well worth the wait.

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