The Pentagon wants to abandon the purchase of Russian Mi-17 helicopters for the Armed forces and security services of Afghanistan. Instead, the American defense Ministry intends to purchase equipment produced in the country, reports TASS.
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The Senator from Connecticut Richard Blumenthal issued a statement which says that the Pentagon plans to end its dependence on Russian technology and the transition to multi-purpose helicopters UH-60A Black Hawk of Sikorsky Aircraft company.
While Blumenthal noted that he had repeatedly made such a proposal. In his opinion, the Russian equipment has lower quality.
Earlier, the US lifted sanctions against the “Rosoboronexport” contract for maintenance of Mi-17 helicopters in Afghanistan.
Russia delivered to Afghanistan aircraft to combat international terrorism with the agreement of the Pentagon. The main contract was signed in 2011.