US to supply Afghanistan with American CH-47 Chinook instead of Russian Mi-17V-5

US to supply Afghanistan with American CH-47 Chinook instead of Russian Mi-17V-5

CH-47D Chinook from the 113th Army Regiment aviation USA in southern Afghanistan


The United States intends to completely replace the entire helicopter fleet of the Afghan armed forces, removing Russian-made cars from it and putting American ones. This is stated in the US Department of Defense’s latest report to Congress on Enhancing Security and Stability In Afghanistan, which assesses the situation in Afghanistan and the activities of the American side in that country.

According to a published document, by the end of 2023, the United States intends to completely decommission the special operations wing (Special Mission Wing - SMW) of the Afghan armed forces, Mi-17V-5 helicopters, replacing them with American-made helicopters, including transport CH- 47 Chinook.

It follows from the document that at the end of 2019, the Afghan Air Force had 45 Mi-17 helicopters, of which 23 were fully operational. 11 Mi-17 helicopters were to be repaired (four of them were sent for repair to Bulgaria). Another 30 Mi-17s, which are part of the Afghan SMW, began to be phased out and replaced with Sikorsky UH-60A + Black Hawk helicopters. It is planned to supply up to 40 American helicopters to this wing.

As stated in the report, now to the UH-60A + Black Hawk it was decided to add the transport CH-47 Chinook. According to reports, we are talking about 10-15 helicopters. It is indicated that, most likely, helicopters will be delivered from the presence of the American army in the form of military assistance.

Recall that the United States since 2017 has been implementing a program to replace the Russian Mi-17 helicopters with the American Sikorsky UH-60A + Black Hawk in the Afghan army. Helicopters are available in two versions: transport and armed.

According to the bmpd blog, UH-60A helicopters from the 1980s from the U.S. Army aviation are being transferred to Afghanistan, which are being upgraded to the UH-60A + variant by installing more powerful engines.
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  1. Cowbra 28 January 2020 16: 47 New
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    Old songs about the main thing. You have to leave Afghanistan - the war is lost. To bring the turntables back is more expensive. than new build. That shove anyone. After the WWII, Japan almost gave the entire fleet with aviation such a gift - what to do with it?
    We are waiting for the children to cry about the debts written off for military supplies
    1. Mavrikiy 28 January 2020 17: 00 New
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      It’s easy to transfer helicopters, and Afghans prefer to fly ours. So we are waiting for a helicopter fall, all the more they transmit the junk of the 1980s.
      1. Starover_Z 28 January 2020 17: 12 New
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        The Americans are now driving there, and they’re stepping in, first equipment, then service and spare parts. Nothing personal, only money, all the more give their junk, albeit from a warehouse.
        1. Nyrobsky 28 January 2020 19: 58 New
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          Quote: Starover_Z
          The Americans are now driving there, and they’re stepping in, first equipment, then service and spare parts. Nothing personal, only money, all the more give their junk, albeit from a warehouse.

          They already rule there only in Kabulistan, at their bases and in some places they “steer” in places relying on the Afghan-Kabulistan army. Drag and drop their rubbish will cost them more, and this is a burden to “ally”, so as you say, then cut off a little babos for maintenance and accessories. Only the Taliban do not care which helicopters to burn. It is thought that when the mattresses leave, the Kabulistanites will not last long. I’m also wondering where they will attach the Mi-17s they’ve taken.
        2. zyablik.olga 29 January 2020 04: 32 New
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          Good article on this topic:
          American aircraft confrontation with Mi-35 and Mi-17 helicopters in Afghanistan
          https://topwar.ru/160803-protivostojanie-amerikanskoj-aviacionnoj-tehniki-s-vertoletami-mi-35-i-mi-17-v-afganistane.html
    2. TermNachTer 28 January 2020 19: 08 New
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      The story is repeated with the "Humvee" which mattresses gave Bandera. True, this gift will be more expensive, but the meaning is the same.
    3. Kuroneko 28 January 2020 21: 49 New
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      Quote: Cowbra
      That shove anyone. After the WWII, Japan almost gave the entire fleet with aviation such a gift - what to do with it?
      We are waiting for the children to cry about the debts written off for military supplies

      Everything is more interesting here - the Mi-17s are simply very worn out, but the Chinooks and Black Hawks are much worse suited to the conditions of Afghanistan, and in the long term they will cost much more to maintain.
      But vparit, a nice thing. Almost FREE.
      1. Nastia makarova 29 January 2020 09: 56 New
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        will be given free
    4. yustas 29 January 2020 16: 25 New
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      Oh, my friend, how did they minus you) the states sold for themselves money to the written-off helicopters, and assigned the interest on the sale to themselves, but most importantly, for them, so that the drug would develop and try there further. For them, all the republics of the former USSR, this is Russia, whoever and whatever they say, about their independence. We passed this in the 90s, glory to the Almighty, but now they are pressing us, through the republics ....
  2. Victor_B 28 January 2020 16: 49 New
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    Nothing personal...
    In general, I never ceased to wonder why the STATES, for their money, are buying weapons for AFGHAN in RUSSIA?
    Where is the benefit? And to whom, besides Russia?
    Reached bloody Puten!
    1. rudolff 28 January 2020 17: 02 New
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      No wonder. Afghans themselves insisted on Russian helicopters, as they were already well-developed in operation.
    2. nm76 28 January 2020 17: 03 New
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      For this we allowed them to supply their contingent in Afghanistan by our railroad. The Americans had a whole logistics center in Ulyanovsk.
  3. nm76 28 January 2020 16: 59 New
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    The replacement of Mi-17 helicopters with American equipment is due to problems associated with the repair and maintenance of our products.
    Thank you for this holding Russian Helicopters and its affiliated subsidiaries through which repairs, spare parts, certification, etc. were carried out.
    By the way, for this reason, not only the States in Afghanistan are giving up our Helicopters, it is already taking on a universal character ...
    By the way, former Defense Minister Serdyukov is working in the same holding. So thank you to our government for the excellent managers in the state holding.
    And yet, due to its loss-making, they are going to privatize and corporatize it, but this will be the second part of the Marleson Ballet.
    1. Cowbra 28 January 2020 17: 06 New
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      Quote: nm76
      Not only States в Afghanistan refuse to наших Helicopters

      A brilliant phrase! And they refuse our S-400, because they have superPatriots! Which will protect any plant / military base / embassy from all sorts of attacks!
      No, the phrase really should be carved in granite laughing
      Particularly under-arrived: hoping for Afghanistan, India passed a couple of Miles. But since the owner forbade buying from the Russian Federation, and India no longer has their own - they bought helicopters for Afghanistan ... In Belarus - they are produced there
      1. nm76 28 January 2020 17: 10 New
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        Purchase and maintenance of an Afghan helicopter fleet,
        consisting of our Mi-17 carried the Pentagon.
        What's wrong? Or what is not clear to you in this?
        1. Cowbra 28 January 2020 17: 23 New
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          It is not clear to YOU ​​that it was TUPO forbidden to drive away MIs in the Russian Federation - Afghanistan, and fairy tales about the rosy Rosvertol - have not looked like the truth even in profile for a long time
          1. nm76 28 January 2020 18: 55 New
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            Excuse me, but how do they send equipment for repair to Russia?
            Under its own power or disassembled in a container?
            Can you imagine, in the first case, how the helicopter’s engine life, fuel cost, coordination with transit countries, etc. will decrease
            And in the second case, let’s say upon arrival back, who will collect and check the serviceability of the work?
            And finally, how do you think our helicopters from Latin America deliver for example?
            Here, in order not to look silly, study the subject of conversation for a start, and only then enter into a dialogue.
            1. Cowbra 28 January 2020 19: 03 New
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              Sorry, but how do planes go for repair to Ukraine, although they should be serviced at the manufacturing plant under warranty? The rest is technical stuff. How did helicopters send from Belarus to India, so that later they could be delivered to Afghanistan? How was the Chinook sent to Afghanistan? Teleport? And what does all this have to do with Rosvertol?
              And in general, if it’s about saving, how much does it cost to retrain the pilot, ground personnel from Mi to Chinook, and is it cheaper than the resource that Mi will eat when it reaches the plant? By the way, there was a photo of Indian helicopters in the Russian Federation - flew by, did not fall apart. Do not smack nonsense!
              1. nm76 28 January 2020 19: 51 New
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                https://versia.ru/vertolyoty-rossii-stremitelno-teryayut-pozicii-na-vneshnem-rynke
  4. Incvizitor 28 January 2020 17: 04 New
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    Revenge for a downed plane laughing
  5. Kerensky 28 January 2020 17: 54 New
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    But why helicopters do not steal? It seems easier than to capture a plane ...
    AND ! The problem is in the pilots!
    Can they retrain from Mi to Chinook? What will stand up?
  6. cniza 28 January 2020 17: 54 New
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    US to supply Afghanistan with American CH-47 Chinook instead of Russian Mi-17V-5


    This is called a robbery before leaving.
  7. rocket757 28 January 2020 18: 03 New
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    Their money, their affairs, is about nothing.
  8. Prisoner 28 January 2020 19: 47 New
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    what Is it junk instead of Mi-17? Allah help the Afghan helicopter pilots. I am sure that mattresses will categorically forbid their warriors to lift into the sky on the transferred sides. laughing
  9. lvov_aleksey 29 January 2020 02: 23 New
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    who would doubt grandmas and grandmas again