Afghanistan has officially accepted the first batch of UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift helicopters provided by the U.S. government in a ceremony at the Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan on Oct. 7.
The ceremony was attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and General John Nicholson, US and NATO Resolute Support commander in Afghanistan.
The helicopters had arrived in Afghanistan in late September.
By 2024 the U.S. plans to provide Afghanistan with at least 159 Black Hawk helicopters, including 58 fitted with extra rocket pods and machine guns to provide close air support (CAS).
The Black Hawks will eventually replace the Russian Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters currently in use by the Afghan Air Force.