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PublishDate: Wednesday, June 19, 201318:36

Russia Lands $572.2 Million Pentagon Contract to Boost Afghan Air Forces

The transport helicopters will be used on counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and special operations missions.

The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday announced that Russia’s Rosoboronexport was awarded another contract for the provision of 30 Mi-17 “Hip” helicopters to the Afghan National Securities Forces Special Mission Wing. 

According to US defense officials the helicopters will provided to Afghan national security forces under a firm-fixed-price of $572.2 million.
 
The transport helicopters will be used on counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and special operations missions. 

The officials also added that the work is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2014. 

This comes as Rosoboronexport was earlier awarded another contract with the value of $367.5 million for the provision of 21 Mi-17V5s to Afghan national security forces. 

US officials earlier in May this year had announced that the deal with the Rosoboronexport could worth up to $900 million which will also include spares and servicing. 

Russian-made helicopters have a long history in Afghanistan and is preferred better than the helicopters due to their low prices, durability and simplicity.

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