Watchdog Praises Afghan A-29 Training as Moody Program Winds Down

?The Air Force?s A-29 training program for the Afghan military has largely succeeded at producing capable pilots, according to a new watchdog report, even as the program plans to ditch its most effective feature: flying in the US.

?US-based aviation training has resulted in a quantifiable improvement in [Afghan Air Force] capabilities and improved professionalization of Afghan personnel,? the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a July 29 report.

The US Air Force trains Afghan Super Tucano pilots at Moody AFB, Ga. Once the pilots return to Afghanistan, American advisers coach them through further instruction and into combat operations. Moody instructors reached their goal of training 30 Afghan pilots and 90 ground staff, including a maintenance crew, in September 2018. SIGAR found the quality of training is improving as well: Afghan pilots are firing weapons more precisely in their home country, with 88 percent of laser-guided munitions landing within 1 meter of targets.