The Air Force has selected Moody AFB, Ga., as its preferred stateside location to host a mission to train the Afghan Air Force to fly and maintain a fleet of A-29 aircraft.
Officials tapped Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and Shaw AFB, S.C., as reasonable alternatives for the mission proposed to last from 2014 through 2018. The Air Force would purchase 20 A-29s — on behalf of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, using DOD’s Afghanistan Security Forces Fund appropriation — to train the Afghan Air Force.
“Moody AFB was selected as the preferred alternative because the airfield and airspace are available without disruption during the required timeframe, and suitable facilities are immediately available for the new occupants to move into,” Timothy Bridges, deputy assistant secretary for installations, said according to a press release. “Moody AFB is the lowest-cost option,” Bridges added.
A final basing decision will be made upon completion of an environmental analysis. The A-29 is a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that would provide the Afghan Air Force with air interdiction, close air support and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support the country’s counterinsurgency operations, according to the release. It is designed to operate in extremely rugged terrain.