New Aircraft Benefit Iraq Soldiers
There recently was a number of new aviation helicopters that were provided by the coalition for the Iraqi Air Force. Four new M17 helicopters were provided on October 31st for the use of the Iraqi Air Force, which brings the number of helicopters that are in the Iraq rotary wing fleet to just over 50 aircraft.
The Iraqi Air Force has began a directed effort in conjunction with the US Air Force from the 770th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron. The US Air Force has been working to train pilots, aviation staff and mechanics to support the new Iraqi Air Force. They are working to teach full spectrum aviation operations, in three different skill set categories.
The new helicopters will give the Iraqi Government the ability to respond swiftly to any number of different threats that can be encountered by the Iraqi Military. It will allow the military to be able to keep things safe after the coalition withdraws, and it gives the military a true independent aviation force that will serve Iraqi into the future.
The Iraqi pilots are taught basic English, as well as aviation safety, and a number of different aviation operations that are needed to be able to utilize their own helicopters. The pilots and Iraqi students are all very eager to learn, and the training has been going very smoothly, as well as being a success for the eventual evacuation and withdrawal of the coalition military forces.