KABUL - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has begun delivering large supplies of military equipment, including aircrafts, to Afghan National Security Forces, ISAF said on Monday.
ISAF Spokesman Gen Carsten Jacobson told a press conference that the program, which will cost $2.7 billion when fully delivered, started in August and will continue until March next year.
Earlier this month, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who oversees transition from NATO to Afghan forces, said the military supply would help this process gain further successes.
The program named Mountain Iron is aimed at building up Afghan forces' war skills like fire power, capability and mobility, General Jacobson said.
The equipment delivery program started as there were widespread concerns about equipment shortfalls in Afghan security forces while security burdens have been started to transition to Afghan lead this year.
Gen Jacobson told reporters: "as an investment in the future of this force, ISAF has begun the delivery of large supplies of vehicles and equipment. This program is called Iron Mountain. It started in August and will be completed in March 2012."
"It is aiming to provide Afghan National Security Forces with greater mobility, stronger fire power, increased communication capability and it will help to reduce many of the shortfalls that Afghan National Security Forces are currently experiencing."