Mi-17 Helicopters Finally Go to Ukraine (Photos)

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The Department of Defense is delivering Mi-17 helicopters to help more Ukrainian troops around the battlefield and augment the five Mi-17 helicopters sent to Ukraine earlier this year / Photo credit: Alex Miller, U.S. Air Force, DVIDS
The Department of Defense is delivering Mi-17 helicopters to help more Ukrainian troops around the battlefield and augment the five Mi-17 helicopters sent to Ukraine earlier this year / Photo credit: Alex Miller, U.S. Air Force, DVIDS

The United States continues to provide assistance to Ukraine, in quite a meticulous way

The United States continues to transfer weapons and military equipment to Ukraine as part of its assistance against russian aggression. In particular, the US continues to send Mi-17 helicopters.

Noteworthy detail: those were actually made by the russian federation itself on the United States’s request for the Afghan army, but the helicopters ended up returning to the US after the Taliban captured Afghanistan.

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The first five Mi-17s were handed over to Ukraine in April, and another 11 aircraft, as we can see, are now departing from the Davis-Monthan base of the US Air Force in Arizona.

The Mi-17s are transported by C-17 Globemaster heavy transport aircrafts, which ply from the United States to air bases in Europe, and then the equipment is sent to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft has been used numerous times to deliver aid for Ukraine
C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft has been used numerous times to deliver aid for Ukraine. Click of the photo for more details / Photo credit: Alex Miller, U.S. Air Force, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service
Photo credit: Kristine Legate, U.S. Air Force, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

In the published photos, especially notable are the "white helicopters", which seem to be sealed in plastic. In fact, it is a method of their temporary preservation used for those machines that will be shipped later on. This approach once again demonstrates the meticulousness of the Western school of arms management.

Interesting fact: DVIDS says this picture was taken on April 19. The dates range from April 19 to May 6. Therefore, these Mi-17s could already be in Europe or even Ukraine / Photo credit: Kaitlyn Ergish, U.S. Air Force, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service
The helicopters are carefully wrapped in plastic before transportation / Photo credit: Kaitlyn Ergish, U.S. Air Force, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Another very interesting shot from the published photo gallery features boxes with Russian markings and rather unusual dimensions – 10.7 meters long.

According to the Pentagon’s image distribution service, the boxes contain propellers from the Mi-17 helicopters.

Therefore, it is quite possible that along with helicopters, a certain stockpile of spare parts is transferred, which can be useful not only for the Mi-17, but also to maintain the functionality of the Ukraine’s own Mi-8 helicopters.

Inscriptions of the box in russian are instructions for those transporting the cargo / Photo credit: Kristine Legate, U.S. Air Force, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

As a reminder, earlier Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, announced the term for receiving Lend-Lease assistance from the United States, which has not even begun to arrive yet.

Photo credit: Alex Miller, U.S. Air Force, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service
Photo credit: Alex Miller, U.S. Air Force, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

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