Pentagon stopped purchasing Russian Mi-17 helicopters for Afghan war


An initiative group of members of the U.S. Congress said that Pentagon has officially refused to buy Russian Mi-17 helicopters, and now will only buy American helicopters UH-60A Black Hawk made by Sikorsky.

“Blumenthal, Murphy, and DeLauro have been at the forefront of the effort urging the military to end its reliance on Russian helicopters. We will continue to work with leadership at the Department of Defense to bring these contracts back home to Sikorsky and Connecticut,” said in a statement of members of Congress from Connecticut.

One of the senators said that the move was “long overdue”. According to the official, purchasing Russian helicopters was “travesty that will now be stopped”. Some of the members of Congress in their statements reminded of the disagreements with Russia on Syria and Ukraine, and welcomed the Pentagon’s decision. The U.S. military had no immediate comment on the situation.