"Afghan" Mi-17 is already working against the occupiers in Ukraine

The Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter is in the service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. May 2022.
The Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter is in the service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. May 2022.
© Video frame from the Armed Forces
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: June 03 2022 at 09:00 am
Source: myukraineis.org

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have begun operation of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters delivered by the United States.

Footage with the new helicopter of Ukraine was released by the press service of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

On April 13, the United States announced a $ 800 million aid package to Ukraine, which included 11 helicopters.

In May, it became known that one of the US aviation parties had already arrived in Ukraine.

The United States is providing Ukraine with aircraft that previously belonged to or were assigned to the Afghan Air Force, which no longer exists.

About two dozen Mi-8/17 helicopters of the former Afghan Air Force were outside the country, and their fate remained unknown.

In January, former Afghan Air Force aircraft were transported to a single military base in the United States.

More and more helicopters appeared in the 309th U.S. Air Force Aerospace Services and Restoration Group, also known as Boneyard, near Tucson, Arizona.

Former helicopters of the Afghan Air Force at an air base in the United States. Photo: Aidan Curley

Under an agreement with the United States, Russian Mi-17V-5 helicopters were delivered to Afghanistan by Rosoboronexport.

The main contract for the supply of 21 helicopters was signed by Rosoboronexport and the US government on May 26, 2011, and was completed by mid-2012.

We are the 17th Army of Afghanistan. Photos from open sources

All Mi-17V-5s assembled at the Kazan Helicopter Plant of the Russian Helicopters Holding were transported to Kabul by An-124 transport aircraft of the Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

It will be recalled that in October 2021, it became known that one Afghan multi-purpose Mi-17 helicopter repaired by the Ukrainian enterprise JSC Motor Sich remains on the territory of the plant.

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