AAR to Provide More Airlift for U.S. in Afghanistan

by: Matthew Potter
July 9, 2010

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The United States’ Transportation Command (TRANSCOMM) awarded AAR (AIR) a contract to provide airlift for U.S. troops and services in Afghanistan. The contract if all options are awarded is worth about $120 million. It consists of one year plus four option years.

Due to the terrain and threat in Afghanistan the U.S., its Allies and the Afghan forces are heavily dependent on airlift to move men, equipment and supplies. The U.S. uses a mix of its own Army, Marine and Air Force assets as well as contractors to do this. AAR will provide their services on this contract with DeHavilland Canada Dash 8 aircraft and rotary wing assets.

There is heavy use of Russian helicopters such as the Mi-8 and 17 to provide cheap, effective transport. The U.S. military also uses their UH-60 Black Hawks, CH-53 and CH-47 heavy lift helicopters and the V-22 Osprey. The demands of the fighting require more lift then the U.S. military can provide so the heavy use of contractors like AAR.

Photo from Deaster1983’s flickr photostream.

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