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India to deliver two Cheetah helicopters to Afghanistan

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

Indian-Flag-4According to reports, India will deliver two helicopters to Afghan security forces next month, as part of its support to reconstruct the Afghan national security forces.

Manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bangalore, the Cheetah choppers would be used for reconnaissance purposes, sources quoted by local media agencies said.

India is also considering to send its military trainers to the newly opened Afghan National Army Officers Academy apart from deploying technicians to run an old military hardware maintenance facility in the war-ravaged country.

Kabul envoy to New Delhi, Shaida M Abdali said Afghan Government was keen on India joining Russia to revive and run an old Soviet-era military maintenance facility in Afghanistan.

New Delhi is also studying the fresh proposal from president Haid Karzai’s administration to provide lethal weapons to Afghan security forces.

President Hami Karzai is expected to visit India within the next few days to meet with the Indian officials including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, where Karzai is expected to discuss the proposal.

“They (Karzai and Singh) will examine efforts to be undertaken by both sides to ensure the protection of our shared national security interests,” Abdali quoted by local news agency Deccan Herald said.

Abdali also added, “In the coming months and years, regardless of who leads our two countries, we should work together to outline contours of our security and defense cooperation in tangible ways for implementation.”

Currently India is providing training to 350 Afghan army officers, and around 1,400 Afghan National Army officers were trained in Indian institutions since 2003.

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