U.S. says it will buy Russian helicopters for Afghan military

One of the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters purchased by Alabama-based Defense Technology Inc (DTI) is seen in Ulan Ude, Russia in this picture taken January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Defense Technology Inc. (DTI)/HandoutReuters

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 counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics 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.

(Reporting by Charles Abbott; Editing by Toni Reinhold)


3 thoughts on “U.S. says it will buy Russian helicopters for Afghan military

  1. U.S. says it will buy Russian helicopters for Afghan military, which will undoubtedly be used against US troops soon enough.

    Your tax dollars hard at work trying to kill you, as usual. The Jews think it’s more amusing when you pay for your own demise.

  2. Jolly Roger is right on! Just a bunch of brainwashed bullet heads trained by the same group of DHS! Fight on for Liberty & Freedom

  3. U.S. troops to buy Russian helicopters? WWWHHHHAAATT??? I thought they were our enemy? Now we are buying from them? They are preventing us from going to war with Syria and now we are buying from them? WTF!!!!???

    It’s like blockading China and then buying all of their products and sending all our jobs to them and even inviting them to the Pentagon and giving our land and military secrets to them. WHAT THE F**K IS GOING ON WITH THIS COUNTRY AND OUR WORLD???? It’s INSANITY!!!

    Why are we funding, buying and helping the same guys we are supposed to be going to war against?

    It’s like the governments in every country around the world are going to war with one another, even though they already own the countries, have complete control over them, and make deals with other country’s governments because they are all really friends just so they can make money and kill the population in the process and laugh it all off in the background.

    It’s nothing but a sick game to these people. It’s like saying, “I’m bored. How can we stir up a conflict today, George?”. Unbelievable!

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