Former director and founder of the American private military company Blackwater, now called Academi, Eric Prince proposed the creation of private air forces that would operate under contract with the government of the country, which does not have its own combat aircraft and pilots. As theMilitary Times writes , Prince made his proposal to the government of Afghanistan, which only forms its own air force. According to Prince, it would be possible to direct the actions of private military aviation using a special application for the iPhone.
According to the Flightglobal MiliCAS military aviation base, the Afghan Air Force currently has 131 aircraft, of which 47 can strike ground targets and only 15 can be used to provide fire support from the air. These are light assault aircraft EMB-314 Super Tucano, reconnaissance-combat helicopters MD530 Defender and transport-combat Mi-25. In this case, the Afghan military does not have at its disposal a single fighter.
According to Prince’s proposal, the private air force can provide combat helicopters, attack helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles to the customer. In general, they could perform a variety of tasks: from patrolling and moving troops to fire support from the air. To manage private air forces, for example, to order a strike for a certain ground target, you can use the application Safe Strike for iPhone. Thanks to such an application, air support to ground troops will arrive no later than one hour after placing the order.
The same application will allow for medical evacuation from the battlefield, and specialists providing services in this type of operation will be “former military doctors and arrows”. Organize private air forces planned on the basis of an existing start-up Lancaster6. This company, which is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is already cooperating with the government of Afghanistan and providing services for the transportation of servicemen and equipment, as well as parachute delivery of provisions and cargo. Other details about the private air force are still unknown.
The private military company Blackwater was established in 1997, in 2011 it was renamed Academi. Employees of the company participated in many major military conflicts as a rule under a contract with the authorities. Up to 90 percent of the company’s revenues will come from government contracts. In addition, Academi often employs individuals, oil companies operating in hazardous countries, and insurers. In August 2005, Academi employees were hired by the authorities to participate in operations to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2007, a private military company became notorious after some of its employees were accused of killing 14 civilians during an operation in Iraqi Baghdad.