Sat, Jul 10, 2010
Maneuver Proves Afghans Can Handle Heavy Loads, Deliver
Afghan airmen and Combined Air Power Transition Force advisers
conducted an operational sling load with an Mi-17 transport
helicopter July 1 from Kabul International Airport to Forward
Operating Base Orgun-e, Afghanistan in the Paktika province.
Flying 12,500 feet above sea-level and carrying a 3,200-pound
crate, the Mi-17 handled the load with very few problems. This
allows the Afghan air force's 377th Helicopter Squadron members
another way to move heavy and oversized equipment or to deliver the
equipment in a place without a landing zone.
"The Afghans could actually sling load a lot of heavier or
bigger equipment, something that they couldn't put on a C-27
(Spartan) or an AN-32 (Airlifter) or even load into the Mi-17,"
said Tech. Sgt. Jason Marsh, a master rigger. "They could sling
load this equipment into a location and get the resource and
supplies to the people there that need it."
In the future, the sling load capability will open up even more
opportunities to the Afghan air force and allow airmen to deliver
equipment almost anywhere the Mi-17 travels.
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