Russia supplies 12 Mil Mi-17V-5 helicopters for Afghanistan - Rosoboronexport

The delivery of twelve Mil Mi-12V-5 military transport helicopters under an additional contract concluded with the U.S. government in 2012 was completed in October, Rosoboronexport said.

The delivery of twelve Mil Mi-12V-5 military transport helicopters under an additional contract concluded with the U.S. government in 2012 was completed in October, Rosoboronexport said.

"In all, 63 Mi-12V-5 helicopters will be supplied for the Afghan national army under Russia-U.S. agreements within the framework of joint efforts to suppress international terrorism," says a Rosoboronexport report obtained by Interfax-AVN on Friday.

Rosoboronexport and the U.S. 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. That contract was fulfilled by the middle of 2012," the report said.

The sides signed additional agreements on the delivery of another twelve Mi-17V-5 helicopters in 2012.

"Rosoboronexport and the U.S. government drew up and signed a new large agreement in 2013 to deliver an additional batch of 30 helicopters in 2014, which was another demonstration of mutual understanding between the sides and their course towards a positive outcome," the report said.

The Mil Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopter is a modern modification of the Mil Mi-8/17 model designed by the Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant's Design Bureau in cooperation with the Kazan Helicopter Plant, both of which are members of the Russian Helicopter Holding, with due account of the combat use of earlier models in a variety of armed conflicts, including the one in Afghanistan. "Over 2,400 helicopters of the Mi-8/17 family are being used in more than 80 countries at present," it said.

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