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Pentagon prefers Russian Mi-17В-5

The next batch of three military transport helicopters, manufactured in Russia under a contract with the US Department of Defense, was to go to Afghanistan in June. As a source in the Russian military-industrial complex (DIC) has reported, at the moment, under a contract with the Pentagon Rosoboronexport, it remains to deliver five batches of military transport helicopters Mi-17В-5 each to Afghanistan.

The main contract for the supply of a 21 helicopter, signed by Rosoboronexport with the US government on 26 May 2011, was executed by the middle of 2012. In 2013, Russia completed the transfer to the customer of another 12 military transport Mi-17В-5 under an agreement concluded as part of the option to the main contract.

In 2013, Rosoboronexport and the White House agreed and signed an agreement for an additional batch of 30 helicopters for delivery in 2014. Their mission is the joint struggle of countries against international terrorism.

In total, in accordance with bilateral agreements, the Afghan army will receive an 63 Mi-17B-5 helicopter. All lighting equipment machines adapted to the possibility of flying at night. The total value of the contract is about 1,2 billion dollars. The acquisition of helicopter technology in Russia is part of a broader US operation and the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) aimed at increasing the capabilities and capabilities of the Afghan national security forces.

According to Western sources, the ANA (Afgan National Army) Aviation Corps of the Afghan National Army currently has ten attack Mi-24 / Mi-35, eight military transport Mi-8 and 48 Mi-17В-5, the total number of which by the end of the year will increase to 63 units. Under a contract with Rosoboronexport, Mi-17В-5 manufactures Kazan Helicopter Plant (KVZ). The machines supplied to Afghanistan have Western-made 17 components that have been integrated into Russian on-board equipment.

According to experts, these Mi-17B-5 are capable of performing combat missions. "In accordance with the appearance agreed with the American side, the helicopters are manufactured in a military transport version, which includes weapons, in particular, unguided rockets, cannon containers with a 23-millimeter cannon," said a representative of the Russian military-industrial complex.

Reliable in a storm

Before the direct contract with Rosoboronexport, the Americans tried to retrofit new Russian helicopters on their own at a repair base in the UAE (the city of Sharjah). Today, under the contract for the supply of the Mi-17B-5, all work is carried out at the KVZ, which has proved its effectiveness both in terms of production and in the highest quality of execution. They are carried out under the control of the helicopter developer, the Moscow Helicopter Plant, as well as representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense. “Thanks to this, for the first time in their practice, the American side received ready-made Mi-17В-5 helicopters that do not require any modifications and meet the requirements and conditions of the region in which they are operated,” said a source in the defense industry.

Earlier, the deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, said that the US delegation had visited the KHP, where helicopters for Afghanistan are manufactured. “The American representatives inspected the plant, including the already manufactured fuselages. They were pleasantly surprised by the level of organization of production and the technical equipment of the enterprise, Dzirkaln noted. - We have constant contact with representatives of the US Department of Defense, and a working group has been created to monitor the implementation of the contract on both sides. There are no contradictions with American partners. ”

According to Rosoboronexport Director General Anatoly Isaykin, the helicopter contract with the Pentagon was one of the most difficult because of collisions related to US law. “We never worked on such conditions,” he said. “Now we can have prospects for supplying other types of weapons for the Afghan army in a similar way.”

All helicopters assembled at the KVZ are transported to Kabul by An-124 Ruslan transport aircraft of Volga-Dnepr Airlines. In one flight, the An-124 delivers three vehicles to Afghanistan, which are located in the cargo hold with the main rotor blades undocked.

“The US Department of Defense positively assesses the quality of Mi-17B-5 helicopters received for Afghanistan from Rosoboronexport,” Dzirkaln underlines. According to him, recognition of the high flight qualities and reliability of the Mi-17В-5 from the American side was the handing of the certificate 9 of November of the year 2011 for recognizing procedures for ensuring and maintaining the airworthiness of helicopters existing in the Russian Federation. Representatives of the United States have repeatedly stated that they chose Russian helicopters because of their unprecedented high reliability, including in the conditions that exist in the deserts, where strong sand storms are not uncommon.

In a letter to the management of non-standard rotary-winged apparatus NSRWA (Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft) of the Ministry of Ground Forces, the Russian side has done an excellent job of adapting foreign flight navigation instruments to the use of night vision goggles. The representative of the military-industrial complex informed that from the very beginning of the supply in 2011, the American side did not have any complaints about the quality of the aircraft: “All helicopters arrived in Kabul on time, they were assembled, flown around and after the signing of the corresponding acceptance certificate . The serviceability of the fleet of supplied Russian helicopters exceeds the required level in 80 – 90 percent, and this figure meets all the requirements. ” The source informed that the average annual flight time of one Mi-17В-5 in Afghanistan is more than 200 hours: “This indicator is higher than the average annual attack of ordinary operators”.

The interrepair life of the Mi-17B-5 helicopter is 2000 hours or 8 years. At present, the Russian side is working to increase the assigned helicopter resource (the time interval between the introduction of the rotorcraft into service and its disposal). Today, the service life of a military transport helicopter Mi-17B-5 can reach 35 years.

Despite the fact that the United States government does not use the opportunity to purchase spare parts for the operation and repair of Mi-17В-5 helicopters directly from Russian special exporters, in the future, when overhauling Americans, according to the source, it’s still necessary to turn to the manufacturer. Abroad, of course, there are a number of enterprises that are able to work with Russian aircraft, for example in the Czech Republic or the United Arab Emirates. Zaporozhye Motor Sich JSC has the capacity to repair engines. "However, the United States will have to turn to Russia for the maintenance of gearboxes, transmission bushings and so on - the manufacturer of these important components," said the representative of the defense industry. According to him, more than 200 Russian-made machines are operated in total in Afghanistan and Iraq, taking into account the newly delivered and decommissioned helicopters.

Senators - against, military - for

Rosoboronexport drew the attention of the Pentagon to the need for proper and legitimate after-sales service of the Russian Mi-17В-5 supplied to Afghanistan under contract. According to the data available to the Russian side, at present, the expected need only for overhaul and repair of helicopters of all types operated in the territory of Afghanistan and other countries in the interests of the United States is over 170 units.

“The Russian side has all the necessary conditions to carry out repair work and meet such high demand for maintaining the airworthiness of previously delivered helicopters,” said Anatoly Isaikin.

The implementation of the contract for the supply of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan is considered by the US military to be very important in the light of the fight against international terrorism and the provision of increased capabilities and capabilities of the Afghan national security forces. This was stated by the official representative of the Ministry of Defense George Little.

When he was asked to comment on the ongoing attempts by the republican opposition in Congress to block further purchases of Russian military equipment for the armed forces of Afghanistan, Little said that the vehicles being acquired are an important tool for the Afghan air force: “They need just such a helicopter, this is very important for them, because it complements the fleet used helicopter technology ".

Earlier in the US Senate, an amendment was made to the draft law on rendering assistance to Ukraine concerning the break in business relations between the US government and Rosoboronexport. The presented document contains a proposal to ban participation in US government contracts for any American or foreign company, which in turn interacts with development, production and sales with Rosoboronexport. Prior to this, a number of members of the House of Representatives appealed to Defense Minister Chuck Hagel to suspend cooperation with the Russian exporter of military equipment.

Despite the constant pressure of congressmen and calls for the imposition of sanctions, the refusal to purchase Mi-17В-5 for the armed forces of Afghanistan, the military take the opposite position. "The problem is that representatives of the Pentagon are quietly asking them (congressmen) to postpone these measures, because Rosoboronexport supplies helicopters used by the Afghan Air Force, which are experiencing difficulties today," the sources in the Senate said. “In conversations with us, they use the word flexibility, which means that they want us to make a serious exception for Rosoboronexport,” an employee of the congressional apparatus told the newspaper.

The sanctions imposed against Russia do not affect the contract with Rosoboronexport for the purchase of Mi-17В-5 for the armed forces of Afghanistan, confirmed in an interview with journalists, Pentagon press secretary, rear admiral John Kirby. According to him, Afghans are in dire need of Russian technology. “They are used to these cars. This helicopter meets their security needs, Kirby explained. “Therefore, we continue to support them through this contract.”
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  1. SVT
    SVT 16 July 2014 07: 36 New
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    madaki, with its policy of double standards. if you need to be friends, and so are the sanctions of level 3, so fly your brooms, or better take your helicopters from Kharkov, though. they don’t want to fly on such coffins anymore.
    Sanctions imposed against Russia do not affect the contract with Rosoboronexport for the purchase of Mi-17V-5 for the armed forces of Afghanistan

  2. rodiy2007 16 July 2014 07: 45 New
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    It's nice to hear such reviews about Russian technology and doubly pleasant when competitors speak directly! Keep it up!!!
    1. armageddon 16 July 2014 08: 04 New
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      Hmm ... In terms of PRICE-QUALITY, our helicopters simply have no COMPETITORS !!!
  3. Flinky 16 July 2014 07: 47 New
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    In place of Rosoboronexport, I would significantly freeze the implementation of this contract for an indefinite period.
    Let them admonish their smoked idiot.
    1. kolyhalovs 16 July 2014 09: 32 New
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      Why hurt yourself for them? The fact that they take our helicopters additionally encourages our other "partners" (including Europe) to pursue a policy of the same "as if sanctions". Loudly slam the door, offended, burn bridges - it looks like Ukraine. Nothing good comes out.
  4. Skif83 16 July 2014 07: 49 New
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    If the imposed sanctions do not affect this contract, then it makes sense for Russia to apply its sanctions in relation to such contracts.
  5. Leader 16 July 2014 08: 07 New
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    Against Russia on far-fetched charges - sanctions; and Russia in response - "strictly fulfills its obligations."
    Ugh, disgrace!
    Or maybe it's time for Russia to impose retaliatory sanctions? How much can such neglect be tolerated?
    Or are our “managers” (oligarchs and their puppets) their money closer than national pride?
    1. Mugs 16 July 2014 09: 54 New
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      Yes, we fulfill our obligations, we do not fall to their level.
      In addition to the "managers", oligarchs and puppets, there are also KVZ workers. Let their work be deprived? KVZ was not so long ago in full w ... More such orders.
      1. max702 16 July 2014 11: 52 New
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        One problem with us is paid with green pieces of paper, and in return they get real equipment which is sorely lacking in our army (the enemy is at the doorstep). You will say that you need paperwork too ... Duc them in the country! Pinch the bureaucrats of the oligarchs a bit for thousands of mi17 is enough, like for much more. You still look more closely at this situation, the US has not spent ANYTHING! He receives excellent tools for his policy (where in fact there will be a big question in the future), and besides we support our production somewhat (I already wrote about support methods), we don’t have anything! a resource of equipment is wasted, materials are spent on manufacturing .. And most importantly, when we fulfill their orders we lose TIME! Yes, yes, the time that must be used to saturate our army with new equipment! Here the platoon of special forces on a worn turntable will fall and will not perform the combat mission, and these are losses, both direct and indirect .. And now try to evaluate even the material damage from this, the cost of training one commando does not seem to exceed the cost of the helicopter itself, and how much it costs to train the pilots ? And the turntable itself, the equipment of the fighters .. And how much do you assess the unfulfilled combat mission, for example, preventing the explosion of a plant or blocking a gang that was not destroyed due to this fall and was able to cut out the village ... But we sold the helicopter to the main enemy ... Let themselves put their turntables into this hole, let them spend their real resources, and not finely cut paper ..
        1. Mugs 16 July 2014 14: 47 New
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          Unfortunately, now you can buy everything that is for sale on these green pieces of paper. Since the state does not provide production with orders, it is better to produce and sell abroad than not to produce at all. In any case, I am in favor of loading the KVZ, rather than Sikorsky Aircraft, with orders.
          Quote: max702
          Now try to evaluate even material damage ...
          Material damage is the last thing you need to think about in case of death.
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          ... let them spend their real resources ...
          Do they have a lot of their resources? Resources are also bought for green pieces of paper. We have including.
  6. Bort radist 16 July 2014 08: 13 New
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    The sanctions introduced against Russia do not affect the contract with Rosoboronexport for the purchase of Mi-17V-5 for the Afghan armed forces, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed in a conversation with reporters.
    Officially - married for love, but the connection on the side is stronger every year.
  7. Mature Hrych 16 July 2014 08: 44 New
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    He served in the Kuril Islands for 5 years. Between the islands flew on the Mi-8. So one pinwheel came to us from Tajikistan. During the flight, the sea was visible in the slit floors! And the foreman’s wife vomited in a package because the pilot with this helicopter came from the same place. Used to fly between the hills and the gorge ...... when we flew Shikotan, he began to get up such twists and turns)))) Tipo, it’s a habit of walking between hills from the PZRK. The intestines approach the throat))) In general, then the pinwheel was written off. But she could fly a long hardy car.
    1. Dmitry 2246 16 July 2014 10: 20 New
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      He landed several times with the Mi-8.
      They took everything with them.
      Once I had to jump from 3 meters somewhere in the dust onto a thing bag - no one broke anything.
  8. KIRON
    KIRON 16 July 2014 11: 08 New
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    A machine that has no competitors! Simple, reliable, fun, fighting and tenacious. Like all modifications. Everything went with the Mi-8T!
  9. KIRON
    KIRON 16 July 2014 11: 51 New
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    Mi-17V-5. Advertising. Not ours. Without translation.
  10. 0255 16 July 2014 13: 41 New
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    Class - the export of drugs from Afghanistan under democratic Americans to the CIS countries increased, so Russia also supplies the states with Mi-17 negative belay fool
    This is despite the fact that the United States sold mujahideen stingers during the USSR war in Afghanistan. Minus article - mine!
  11. fleks 16 July 2014 16: 03 New
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    As people who hold that the supply of our equipment to American vassals is a direct betrayal of our country, they really see one loot in the eyes and heads of our officials and a personal percentage
  12. fleks 16 July 2014 16: 07 New
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    Is the author’s enthusiasm very much surprising that the pin-sy are us allies or friends? If the Americans agree to supply MI17 to Ukraine through themselves, then the author should logically end up like this?
  13. Gray 43 16 July 2014 17: 57 New
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    In Vietnam, staff members rated our machines, now they do not refuse our helicopters, which means that this is not such a bad technique. Ah, the Maidanut people would definitely say that only the "great Ukrainians" invented helicopters to hunt in the mountains near Rostov.
  14. Cristall 16 July 2014 18: 34 New
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    about sanctions for these helicopters they cannot be presented, since the significant part of the “price” of the helicopter is nothing but the products of Ukraine ..
    It turns out for Ukraine punishing the Russian Federation, punished Ukraine. Therefore, Congress did not begin to repair the barriers.
    Well, it’s more difficult to teach Afghans about American technology than simple.
  15. srelock 17 July 2014 01: 23 New
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    Pilot-Alexander Ivanov:

    "This" hooliganism "occurred on May 3, 2011 in Pakistan, the Islamabad airfield during the transfer of helicopters to the American side. They just had to wipe their nose, as we can do something."

    "These are not pilots of the Central Air Force. The pilotage was performed by me in Pakistan on 03.05.2011/XNUMX/XNUMX at Islamabad airport."