Afghanistan to receive new batch of Mi-17
Russia began to deliver Mi-17V-5, the military transport helicopters, to Afghanistan. A total 30 helicopters of this type must be transferred to Afghanistan under this contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Government.
To date, three vehicles have been already supplied to the Afghan side. According to ITAR-TASS, the remaining helicopters will be delivered during the year in several batches.
Russian helicopters are used in Afghanistan to counter-terrorism, drug trafficking, and to carry out special operations. Currently, 36 Mi-17V-5 Russian helicopters in all have been delivered to Afghanistan via the US Army.
The main contract for the supply of 21 vehicles was signed by Rosoboronexport and the US Government on May 26, 2011, and executed by the middle of 2012. In the same