The Afghan air force is limited not only by its size. Despite numbering only over hundred aircraft, there are not enough pilots and crews to fly them all.
However, the Defense Ministry on Monday said that Afghanistan will have powerful air forces by 2020.
Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said that Afghan forces will receive four fixed-wing A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft next week.
Troops on the ground are crying out for more air support, which ranges from firing on the enemy to evacuating casualties from the battlefield.
Defense Ministry, however, said casualties among Afghan forces slightly increased over the past 12 months. Waziri stressed that 1395 was a difficult year for the forces, "militants wanted to seize up to nine provinces."
"1395 was the year of defeat for militants, they had no strategic victory," he said." We conducted 166-night raids across the country, including 3,471 airstrikes over the past 12 months."
According to MoD, since last 12 months, more than 10,000 militants were killed in Afghanistan including 2,570 Islamic State (IS) militants.
"We captured 73 militant commanders over the past 12 months," Waziri said. "Daesh [IS] has been completely defeated in Afghanistan."
The Defense Ministry spokesman added that there are between 200 and 300 IS militants in Afghanistan.