US Chinook 47 to Enhance Lift for Afghan Special Missions Wing
United States plans to provide Ch-47 Chinook helicopters to the Special Mission Wing of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. This was stated in the six monthly report on Afghanistan to the parliament, “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan”
The report which comes out in favour of the Special Mission Wing states that “The United States continued to provide the ANDSF the necessary equipment and training to improve their capacity during this reporting period and focused advisory efforts at the “point of need” with reliable security partners to increase their effectiveness.” “DoD continued to provide additional combat aircraft to the Afghan Air Force and plans to provide CH-47 Chinook helicopters to the Special Mission Wing to support its counter-terrorism operations and replace its Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters,” the report said.
U.S. and Afghanistan have been cooperating on the establishment of a special operations aviation unit since 2005, and it has since become a shining example of what is possible for the Afghan military, known as “the triple seven.”
The 800 men currently assigned to the Special Mission Wing (SMW) have been charged with supporting the counter-narcotics mission in Afghanistan since its inception but have expanded to include carrying Afghan commandos and operators from the elite General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) into and out of combat for counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.
The pilots and crew have the same capabilities expected of any special operations aviation unit, thanks to the expert American advisors assigned to the Special Operations Advisory Group (SOAG), which is in charge of training and advising the SMW. The provision of the heavy lift Ch-47 Chinook helicopters to the Afghan Special Mission Wing will further enhance their capabilities.
The CH 47 contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.
Boeing is ensuring that the iconic H-47 remains the most reliable, capable and ready medium-to-heavy-lift helicopter into the 2060s and beyond