The Pentagon wants to buy 12 more Russian Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan army

The Pentagon plans to buy from Rosoboronexport additional batch of 10 Mi-17 helicopters, and has notified the Senate, reports Reuters.

The source said the agency in the U.S. Defense Department, earlier this year, the Pentagon has ordered two additional Mi-17, and recently decided to explore the possibility of buying another ten machines. As representatives of the U.S. defense department in response to a request from the Republican Party Senator John Cornyn, the total cost of the optional 12 Mi-17 as well as spare parts and maintenance equipment is $ 217.7 million.

Earlier Cornyn and Democratic Senator Richard Durbin asked the Pentagon to review the contract with Rosoboronexport because, they said, the company "continues the relationship with the regime of Bashar al-Assad, a practicing systematic attacks on their own people."

In May last year between Russia and the U.S. signed a contract to supply to Afghanistan 21 military-transport helicopter Mi-17V5.

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