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Afghanistan receives additional Mi-17s

14th February 2014 - 12:16 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham in London


Russia has commenced delivery of a new batch of Mi-17 Helicopters to Afghanistan, as part of a controversial contract with the Pentagon to supply an additional 30 airframes to an Afghan special unit. 

Three Mi-17V-5 transport helicopters have been delivered in 2014, with the remaining 27 to be shipped in batches over the course of the year, according to Russian press reports. 

Under the contract, awarded in June 2013, the new rotorcraft will be deployed by the Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW), a newly formed Afghan military unit commissioned to perform anti-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations.

To date, 36 US-procured

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Jonathan Tringham


Jonathan Tringham

Jonathan Tringham is a former Shephard staff reporter based in the UK. Jonathan worked in …

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