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How many US aircraft are still operating in Afghanistan? what the Taliban is now doing with them.

As the Taliban celebrates one year of independence from the United States in Afghanistan, they put on a large parade and displayed an army unit as well as artillery, weaponry, and a helicopter.

How many US aircraft are still operating in Afghanistan? what the Taliban is now doing with them.

America invested a significant amount of resources and military personnel in the war against the Taliban and the establishment of a stable government, but those efforts were unsuccessful, and after Biden was elected president, the decision was made to withdraw American soldiers from Afghanistan.

The 30th of August 2021 will be remembered around the world as the day the United States officially concluded its longest war 20 years in Afghanistan.

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According to a report from Washington, DC, the United States has spent close to $2 trillion, or $300 million per day for 20 years.

How much the United States has spent in Afghanistan over the last 20 years?

Around 800,000 Americans served in Afghanistan; 2,461 of them lost their lives there, and 13 died during evacuations. However, the analysis shows that many have experienced issues. In regard to Afghanistan, the United States did the best it could have done.

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Between August 2005 and August 2021, the US provided the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces with equipment for a total of $18.6 billion. After the US pullout was finished on August 30, 2021, $7.12 billion in equipment remained in Afghanistan. It comprised military vehicles, weaponry, air-to-ground bombs, aircraft, communications technology, and other supplies.

3 Taliban tried to fly an American helicopter but were killed in the accident.(Opens in a new browser tab)

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Since the majority of the defense products produced by the United States are extremely nimble and deadly to adversaries, nobody likes to mess with them. However, the United States took a long time to produce such weapons. and that is all that is now left

How many US weapons and aircraft are still in Afghanistan?

A total of 73 aircraft, nearly 100 vehicles, and other equipment were abandoned by US troops as they pulled out ahead of the 31 August deadline. There are 43 MD 530 helicopters and 33 Ac208 planes and 33 UH 60 Black Hawk helicopters and 23 A29 light attack aircraft. and 32 MI 17 Helicopters and 3 C130 cargo aircraft left Abdon in Afghanistan.

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These airplanes are now being abandoned due to improper maintenance and unflyable components. The majority of the avionics components were removed and the vital ones were destroyed by the US army during the evacuation of the US troops. A few more aircraft have suffered damage to their tires and cockpit equipment, rendering them useless to Taliban or Afghan forces.

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The majority of the Afghan pilots who were abducted by the Taliban and forced to operate aircraft following the US withdrawal were experts in the Mi 17 helicopter. Taliban depicted the independence day parade on September 30, 2021, during which US military vehicles traveled in convoy on the route and an MI-17 chopper flew over them.

There is no doubt that the ground vehicle is being utilized and repaired, but the airplane would present difficulties. They attempted to pilot a Black Hawk aircraft last month and crashed into a surrounding air force base. It demonstrates that they were making every effort to fly them.

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Who’s going to fix these planes?

China, a highly industrialized country, and Pakistan, which are neighbors of Afghanistan, work to promote the country’s economic development. There is also talk of constructing rail and road connectivity to allow access to the middle east via Afghanistan.

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Only MI-17 airplanes are flown by the Taliban; the majority of aircraft are grounded since they can’t be repaired. There is a very good likelihood that China will gain access to these devices. And the Chinese version of them will undoubtedly be flown once more. the most crucial technology has really been mismanaged by the United States. Even they built the Taliban a small air force.

Only a small number of aircraft can be fixed, while others need intricately constructed instruments and control panels. The UH Black Hawk is the most important helicopter that is used by the Navy and Airforce in the United States and has crucial designs that probably can be fixed by the Chinese. Pakistan uses the MI17 helicopter there so that they may get assistance to operate it back and further that parts would be accessible.

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If the US does not take back this helicopter, then these will be built using reverse engineering and rebuilt in a newer version from Chinese manufacturers. This aircraft engine can be repaired with an alternative one and the instrument panels that are needed for the aircraft’s control can also be arranged.

According to the most recent report, the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan is reforming. They may return with new armed forces and be able to guide the country toward US-supported military equipment in the area.

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The aircraft’s condition right now

As the Taliban celebrates one year of independence from the United States in Afghanistan, they put on a large parade and displayed an army unit as well as artillery, weaponry, and a helicopter.

According to the video, the Taliban currently have six flight-ready aircraft and 21 operating helicopters. The Mi17 helicopter, which took part in the parade at the Bagram Airbase, was one of them.

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Prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States dispatched this helicopter to the country in January for repair. Taliban currently operates 27 MI helicopters, only a few of which are ready for flight and were on show at the parade.

The Afghan air force engineering team has fixed these helicopters, according to a Taliban official, and they are now operational.

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The footage shows numerous Mi 17 and MI 24 helicopters flying, as well as the surprisingly rare MD 530 helicopter, which was also on flying display.

The UK will donate £2.5 million to help save lives, and even China and India are on the verge of doing the same for Afghanistan. According to the most recent information, Afghanistan is progressively assuming leadership and stabilizing the nation.

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As the Taliban completes its 1 year of freedom of Afghanistan from the United states they show a heavy parade and demonstrated the armed force battalion and as well the artillery, weapons, and as well as helicopter.

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As per the footage now Taliban have 21 operational helicopters and six airworthy aircraft. some of them included the Mi17 helicopter which participated in the parade at the Bagram Airbase.

last January United states sent this helicopter to Ukraine for maintenance before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. as of now Taliban using 27 MI helicopters out of that few are ready for flying which the displayed in the parade.

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According to the Taliban official, the Afghan airforce engineering team has fixed these helicopters and is operational now. as per the footage, we can see several Mi 17 and MI24 helicopters flying and as well MD 530 helicopter flying which is really surprising.

Further, China is also approaching Afghanistan to set up a transport corridor with Afghanistan and it also tries to help in reestablishing the armed forces’ defense. but still the initiation not be aware as per the official statement.

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Comment below with your opinions regarding American aircraft in Afghanistan.

 

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Source report: CNN and BBC 

 

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China Developing Comac C939 Wide Body Aircraft to Compete with A350 and B777

China Developing Comac C939 Wide Body Aircraft to Compete with A350 and B777


China’s Comac aircraft company is currently underway with the development of its own wide-body aircraft, the C939, positioned to compete with industry stalwarts like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 in the future. This strategic move by Comac involves crafting the next iteration with enhanced capacity and extended range capabilities, marking a significant leap forward in technological advancement compared to the current C919 aircraft.

Air China has inked a substantial deal worth a staggering $10.8 billion, based on list prices, to acquire 100 Comac C919 jets, signaling a strong vote of confidence in the domestic challenger to aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing.

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China Comac C919 Total Order

With both China Southern and Air China combining orders for nearly 200 aircraft, the prospects for the new C919 aircraft appear increasingly promising for future fleet growth. To date, Comac has garnered orders for nearly 1,100 aircraft.

China is contemplating the development of another wide-body aircraft, the C939, poised to significantly bolster the aerospace industry in China.

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COMAC has initiated work on the C939, a new wide-body airliner. While design concepts have been formulated, it will still take several years before a prototype materializes, according to reports from the South China Morning Post, citing anonymous sources.

Initially intended to be a joint venture with Russia, plans were halted due to Russia’s decision to safeguard its copyrights and technological advancements within its borders. Consequently, collaboration between China and Russia on aircraft development was discontinued. Sources suggest that China is vigorously pursuing new avenues for the independent development of its own wide-body aircraft, crucial for accommodating larger passenger capacities and extended flight ranges.

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Comac C939 competes with Boeing 777 and A350

Information regarding the program remains limited. COMAC has refrained from commenting on the development of the new aircraft type, stating that official announcements will be made in due course. Nevertheless, the C939 could potentially accommodate up to 390 passengers, positioning it to compete with the largest Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft.

In addition to the prospective C939, COMAC is already advancing with the development of another widebody aircraft, known as the C929. This aircraft is poised to rival the Boeing 787 and Airbus A330, boasting 280 seats and a range approaching 6,500 nautical miles.

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Since obtaining certification in late 2022, the COMAC C919 has been operational, accumulating nearly 1,000 firm orders, predominantly from Chinese-owned airlines and leasing companies.

With multiple widebody aircraft in the pipeline, COMAC stands to achieve parity with the two leading international aircraft manufacturers. Boeing, with its 777 and 787 models, and Airbus, with the A330neo and A350, both have a comparable range of offerings. However, Boeing’s aircraft are encountering delays and production challenges despite substantial orders, while the A350 is performing commendably, though the A330neo’s order intake has not met initial projections.

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How much does C919 cost?

China is under pressure to fulfill the current orders for the C919 aircraft, prompting plans to expand production facilities across various regions within the country. The aim is to ramp up production capacity for C919 planes to 150 aircraft annually over the next five years. The latest reports indicate that the C919 is priced around $99 million, comparable to the price of Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A320 aircraft, with expectations for further price reductions in the future.

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While the C919 has yet to be certified in major aviation markets outside of China, only four have been delivered thus far. In the long term, COMAC’s widebody aircraft will vie for global competitiveness. One potential benefit of COMAC aircraft could be in reducing China’s reliance on Western aircraft manufacturers. However, this shift won’t happen immediately; the current delivery rate of four aircraft in nearly 18 months is not sustainable, and both Airbus and Boeing have established manufacturing facilities in China to cater to its sizable market.

Nevertheless, assuming COMAC addresses the issues impeding deliveries, there’s a plausible scenario where the manufacturer assumes a significant role, particularly as China’s aviation market continues to expand.

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As the C939 progresses through its development stages, more details are expected to emerge. Comparisons between official specifications of the C929 and C939 will be noteworthy, as will the initial orders for each aircraft type. However, it’s anticipated that neither will undergo test flights or enter into service for several years.

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Airbus Reveals Innovative Hybrid Aircraft, Blending Plane and Copter Designs

Airbus Reveals Innovative Hybrid Aircraft, Blending Plane and Copter Designs

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a groundbreaking innovation in rotorcraft technology with the introduction of an experimental hybrid aircraft, blending the features of a plane and a helicopter.

Named the Racer, this one-of-a-kind demonstrator model integrates traditional overhead rotor blades with two forward-facing propellers, aiming stability with speed. The primary objective behind this engineering marvel is to significantly reduce response times for critical missions such as search-and-rescue operations.

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Priced at 200 million euros ($217 million), the Racer represents a pioneering leap in rotorcraft design, poised to revolutionize the industry. Beyond its immediate applications, including search-and-rescue missions, the Racer’s potential extends to military endeavors, aligning with NATO’s ongoing exploration of next-generation helicraft. However, the realization of such prospects hinges upon the alignment of future operational requirements.

Designed to operate at a cruise speed exceeding 400 km/h, the Racer demonstrator is meticulously engineered to strike a delicate balance between speed, cost-efficiency, and mission performance.

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Notably, the aircraft targets a notable reduction in fuel consumption, aiming for a 20% decrease compared to contemporary helicopters of similar caliber. This feat is made possible through aerodynamic optimization and an innovative eco-mode propulsion system, developed in collaboration with Safran Helicopter Engines.

The hybrid-electrical eco-mode system allows for the temporary suspension of one of the two Aneto-1X engines during cruise flight, thereby contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions. Moreover, the Racer seeks to address environmental concerns by focusing on lowering its operational acoustic footprint, showcasing its commitment to sustainability.

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Building upon the success of Airbus Helicopters‘ X3 technology demonstrator, which previously pushed the boundaries of helicopter speed by achieving a remarkable 472 km/h, the Racer represents a significant evolution in aerodynamic configuration and technological innovation.

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IndiGo to Order 100 Small Planes from Airbus, ATR, or Embraer

IndiGo to Order 100 Small Planes from Airbus, ATR, or Embraer


IndiGo, India’s leading airline, is in talks with three aircraft manufacturers to acquire a fleet of at least 100 smaller planes, aiming to bolster its regional operations, as per a report by the Economic Times.

The airline’s recent order of 30 A350 aircraft underscores its strategic focus on expanding its reach with wide-body and long-range planes, targeting increased traffic from various regions across the country.

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Now, the focus shifts to enhancing connectivity on shorter routes within India’s domestic network, tapping into the regional airline market. IndiGo is currently in discussions with ATR, Embraer, and Airbus for this purpose. With 45 ATR-72 aircraft already in operation, accommodating 78 passengers each, and five more expected this year, the airline is leaning towards ATR, although Airbus A220 and Embraer’s E-175 remain contenders.

Having established itself as a key operator of Airbus A320 aircraft, with over 450 on order for future delivery, IndiGo continues to strengthen its fleet.

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This move follows closely on the heels of the recent agreement to purchase 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, a significant step that will facilitate the airline’s expansion both domestically and internationally. This deal marks IndiGo’s entry into the wide-body aircraft segment, further solidifying its position in the market.

IndiGo’s strategy includes penetrating tier 1, 2, and 3 cities within India’s regional aviation market using smaller aircraft.

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As India maintains its status as the world’s fastest-growing aviation market, airlines are striving to meet the escalating demand amid challenges faced by aircraft manufacturers in meeting production targets.

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