A glance at why the US is buying Russian helicopters for Afghanistans security forces

Star TribuneSaturday 7th December, 2013

Some answers to questions about how the United States ended up buying more than $1 billion in new helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied weapons to Syria’s military. –Why Russia? Defense Department officials have maintained that Afghanistan’s national security forces need heavy-duty helicopters capable of moving troops and supplies in rugged conditions, and that Russia’s Mi-17 is best suited for the mission. The Afghans have years of experience flying the Russian chopper. –Why couldn’t an American-made helicopter do the job? Turns out one actually could. A top-se…

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