Scott Brown, Sen.-Republican, expressed his dissatisfaction with the implementation of the U.S. military Russian cargo planes to supply Afghan troops.
In the Senate Committee on Armed Services held hearings on the request of the presidential administration on the activities of the Air Force in 2013 at the hearings Sen. Brown asked why the South American cargo for U.S. soldier in Afghanistan delivered to Russian aircraft (ITAR-TASS).
With this issue, he appealed to the Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff and to the General Norton Schwartz. Sen. wondered, "Why do not we use their planes?"
Schwartz, who seemed confused at first gave an evasive answer: "We have entered into agreements with several companies that provide support for our military mission in Afghanistan. I can not say with certainty that among them there are Russian. Maybe it is. "
But Brown inquired: "I have information that are used specifically Russian aircraft. Why do not we give their aircraft — as I believe it will even be cheaper? "
Schwartz said this: "The use of our aircraft are not necessarily cheaper."
Recall that on March 8, several members of the said Committee, namely, Richard Blumenthal, and John Cornyn, right in favor of termination of purchases from Russian Federation Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan army. The reason was the fact that Moscow "is selling a tool of Syria."
At a hearing on the financing of the Army, that is, the Army, Cornyn said: "Is the United States, with many of their own helicopters, should reward Russia for its actions in Syria?"
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said in response that, "according to the estimates of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the United States, other options please the needs of the Afghan security forces do not exist."
He explained: "The Afghans are perfectly familiar with these helicopters. We report that specifically Mi-17 are necessary to maintain the viability of the Afghan security forces. "