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Afghanistan Finds 3 Russian Mi-17B-5 Helicopters

Afghanistan finds 3 Russian Mi-17B-5 helicopters

KABUL Russian officials said the country had delivered three more Mi-17B-5 helicopters to the Afghan air force, reaching the number to 15 choppers under a contract between Russia and the US governments.

Under the agreement, 12 choppers had already been delivered and the remaining will be sent before October 31, 2014, Russian officials earlier this month said.

Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin told reporters the helicopter gunships Mi-17B-5 will be delivered under a contract with the United States.

The agreement for the helicopters’ purchase to the Afghan security forces had been concluded between US and Russian officials in 2013.

Russia and the US government signed the main contract on the delivery of 21 helicopters on May 26, 2011, and set the political course of the two countries towards the settlement of the common international problem related to the situation in Afghanistan.

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