Friday, December 30, 2011 – Russia delivers over the first batch of MI-17V5 helicopters to Afghanistan amid the Afghan Air Force officers are being trained by western powers and the United States of America.

According to reports, Russia hands over at least nine modern type of MI-17V5 helicopters to Afghanistan.

Russian officials said, the delivery process of the helicopters have already begun to Afghan government and Russian experts are due to travelled to Afghanistan in this regard.

In the meantime, the Russian company in Kazan continuous the production of at least 12 other similar type helicopters for Afghanistan.

Representatives from the Russian Defense Industries Network said, the remaining helicopters will be delivered to Afghanistan by next year.

The delivery of the MI-17V5 helicopters to Afghanistan was signed between United States of America and Russia on 26 May 2011 and the total value of the contract is around $375 million.