India Delivers Pair Of MI-24 Helicopters To Afghan Forces
Indian Embassy says these helicopters are a replacement for the four helicopters gifted by India to Afghanistan
The Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar handed over the first pair of Mi-24 attack helicopters to the Acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khaled in Kabul.
India had first presented Mi-24 Helicopters to Afghanistan, in December 2015, the Indian Embassy in Kabul said in a statement.
India was expected to supply four gunship helicopters to Afghanistan by July, with the deliveries falling almost a year behind schedule, people familiar with developments said In March, as quoted by Hindustan Times.
As first reported by Hindustan Times in March 2018, Afghanistan, Belarus and India had inked a trilateral pact to supply the refurbished Mi-24 helicopters. Belarus was to upgrade the helicopters, which were to be paid for by India, the former Afghan envoy, Shaida Abdali, had said in March.
India which is one of the largest donors to Afghanistan has committed $3 billion in aid to Afghanistan since 2001.
The four additional helicopters are expected to play a role in fighting between the Afghan forces and the Taliban, who have continued their attacks despite engaging the US in peace talks and have refrained to engage in direct talks with the Afghan government.
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