The Armed Forces of Ukraine Already Use the US-Given Afghan Mi-17 Helicopters (Photo)

Mi-17 transport helicopter, which belonged to the National Army of Afghanistan / Open souce photo
Mi-17 transport helicopter, which belonged to the National Army of Afghanistan / Open souce photo

Soon Ukraine’s army will have seven such helicopters to resist russia’s invasion

Yesterday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published an interview with the pilot of the Mi-8 helicopter, which was involved in a top-secret mission to deliver supplies to Azovstal defenders in Mariupol.

At the beginning of this fascinating video we can see the Mi-17 transport helicopter, which already carries the insignia of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but still has camouflage from the National Army of Afghanistan. And so this was the first official "hint" that Ukraine’s army is already using "Afghan" Mi-17’s received from the United States.

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The Mi-17 transport helicopter of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Screenshot from the video of the General Staff of the Armed Forces

According to open sources, Ukraine has already received 3 units of Mi-17’s. It is also known that Ukraine will receive from the United States four more "Afghan" Mi-17’s as part of a new $700 million military aid package, which includes the supply of the HIMARS light multiple rocket launcher.

Defense Express assumes that these helicopters might undergo additional retrofitting, which will allow to use at least unguided missiles.

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Delivery of "Afghan" Mi-17's to Slovakia / Photo credit: U.S. Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. Mark Snyder
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