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US to Replace Russian Mi-17s With Black Hawk Helicopters in Afghanistan

A new budget request includes funding for supplying U.S. Black Hawks in Afghanistan.
By Ahmad Shah Katawazai-The latest supplementary budget request, intended to fund U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, as well as counter-Islamic State (ISIS) efforts, includes $264 million for American-made Black Hawk helicopters. The Black Hawks will replace Russian-made Mi-17s used by Afghan security forces. The White House sent the supplementary budget request to Congress last week. According to Pentagon officials they have already notified and briefed Congress regarding the helicopters. The intention is to end reliance on Russian made Mi-17 helicopters in support of the Afghan National …read more

Source: Afghanistan Times

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