Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 

U.S. to buy Russian helicopters for Afghan military

The Pentagon will spends $572 million for 30 Russian-built military helicopters for use by security forces in Afghanistan.


 US to buy Russian helicopters for Afghan military: A Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter
Reuters Photo: Defense Technology Inc.. A Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter sits in a hanger in Ulan Ude, Russia. 
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said on Monday it will spend $572 million to buy 30 Russian-built military helicopters that will be used by Afghan security forces.

The Mi-17 helicopters will be used by Afghanistan's National Security Forces Special Mission Wing, which supports counterterrorism, counternarcotics and special operations missions.

The contract with Rosoboronexport, the Russian arms company, covers spare parts, test equipment and engineering support. The Pentagon said the work would be performed in Russia. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

A year ago, the Defense Department purchased a dozen of the Mi-17 aircraft from Rosoboronexport for $217.7 million, as part of a larger contract originating in 2011.Reuters

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