MOSCOW, August 4 — RIA Novosti. The first ten sets of foreign equipment to be installed on the Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan army in the next two months to arrive at the Kazan Helicopter Plant, told reporters in Moscow on Thursday the deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Vyacheslav Dzirkaln.
He was commenting on reports by some media that the contract between the U.S. and Russia is problematic, and Russia has a problem with its implementation. In May of this year, Russia and the United States signed an agreement to supply for the Afghan army Mi-21 helicopter 17V5.
"The first two sets will be delivered in Kazan in late August, eight — in September," — said Dzirkaln.
He confirmed that the first batch of helicopters in the framework of this contract will be delivered this year, the completion of the contract in 2012.
Dzirkaln also said that the contract provides for the delivery of not only the helicopters, but also spare parts, supplies, and removable arms.
According to him, in July of this year, the American delegation was pleasantly surprised by the execution of this contract, having visited the factory in Kazan.
"They were presented to the fuselage of the first batch of helicopters in which Americans married," — said Dzirkaln.
He said that a working Russian-American group that monitors the quality of execution of the contract, and noted that the scheme of supply of foreign equipment for batch of helicopters in Afghanistan has already worked out by the Russian side.
"For Iraq was delivered the same equipment, which is now coming to Kazan in the framework of this contract," — said Dzirkaln.