Russians Deliver Helicopters to Afghan National Army

Russia’s Rosoboronexport military group has delivered 12 transport helicopters destined for the Afghan National Army.

The Mi-17V-5s were ordered to bolster Afghan military transport capabilities in preparation for the withdrawal of NATO combat forces by the end of next year.

At one point, the US Congress tried to block the purchase of helicopters from Rosoboronexport due to Russia’s continuing supply of military equipment to the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, which is fighting a civil war with rebels. The Pentagon managed to sidestep the attempted ban.

Completion of deliveries of the latest batch of Mi-17s leaves a further 30 of the rotorcraft to be handed over to the US in 2014 under a $572 million deal Rosoboronexport signed earlier this year.


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