Pentagon Delegation in Talks on Post-Sale Servicing of Russian Helicopters for Afghanistan

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October 29 – A delegation from the Pentagon is presently in Moscow discussing the details of post-sale servicing of Russian helicopters for the Afghan military, a deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Wednesday.
"A US delegation is currently in Moscow holding negotiations. They expressed a strong desire to continue cooperation with Russia. The issues of post-sale servicing and the deliveries of spare parts for the Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan military are being discussed," Anatoly Punchuk said on the sidelines of the Euronaval-2014 exposition in Paris.
Earlier in October, US Army Gen. John F. Campbell told reporters that Russian the Mi-17 helicopters had been a "game changer" in the movement of Afghan forces and supplies in the fight against Taliban insurgents.
Russia will complete its contract with the Pentagon at the end of October on the delivery of 63 Mi-17V5 tactical transport helicopters for the Afghan military. An official ceremony handing over the last four aircraft will be held on October 29 at the Kazan Helicopter Plant.
The United States sanctions, imposed on Russia for its alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis, did not affect the supply of Russian helicopters to Afghanistan. Apart from the helicopter deliveries Russia also ships spare parts for helicopters to the Afghan army and trains specialists on helicopters maintenance at a training center based at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant.
October 29 – A delegation from the Pentagon is presently in Moscow discussing the details of post-sale servicing of Russian helicopters for the Afghan military, a deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Wednesday.
“A US delegation is currently in Moscow holding negotiations. They expressed a strong desire to continue cooperation with Russia. The issues of post-sale servicing and the deliveries of spare parts for the Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan military are being discussed,” Anatoly Punchuk said on the sidelines of the Euronaval-2014 exposition in Paris.
Earlier in October, US Army Gen. John F. Campbell told reporters that Russian the Mi-17 helicopters had been a “game changer” in the movement of Afghan forces and supplies in the fight against Taliban insurgents.
Russia will complete its contract with the Pentagon at the end of October on the delivery of 63 Mi-17V5 tactical transport helicopters for the Afghan military. An official ceremony handing over the last four aircraft will be held on October 29 at the Kazan Helicopter Plant.
The United States sanctions, imposed on Russia for its alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis, did not affect the supply of Russian helicopters to Afghanistan. Apart from the helicopter deliveries Russia also ships spare parts for helicopters to the Afghan army and trains specialists on helicopters maintenance at a training center based at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant.
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Russia completes delivery of Mi-17V-5 to Afghanistan

23/10/2014 Russian newspaper

Until the end of the month  Russia to complete the supply to Afghanistan  of Russian helicopters Mi-17V-5  which  industry has made for this country under contracts with the Pentagon. It is planned that on 29 October the last batch of helicopters – three helicopters will be sent to  Kabul. Now customers are accepting them at the factory in Kazan. Thus, the total volume of shipments of aircraft under previously signed contracts  will reach sixty-three  of Mi-17V-5.

U.S. Congressmen asked the Pentagon again not to buy from Russian helicopters

U.S. Congressmen asked the Pentagon again not to buy from Russian helicopters

27.03.2013 / RIA Novosti
U.S. lawmakers asked the Pentagon again to terminate the Contract with Russia’s Rosoboronexport for the purchase of helicopters for Afghanistan. A letter, the third for the calendar year, was sent to the Pentagon on Monday.

In May 2011 the U.S. Department of Defense and Rosoboronexport signed a contract for the supply of 21 military-transport helicopter Mi-17V5 to Afghanistan, amounting to 367.5 million dollars. The total price of the contract, including the supply of spare parts and maintenance of helicopters, is about $ 900 million. The agreement provides for the purchase of an additional 20 vehicles for the Afghans, as the Pentagon, according to previous statements it intends to use in the near future.