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India purchase four more Mi-24 gunships for the Afghan Air Force

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A contract has been signed for the purchase of four more Mi-24 gunships with the financial support of the government of India for the Afghan Air Force, it has been reported.

A contract has been signed for the purchase of four more Mi-24 gunships with the financial support of the government of India for the Afghan Air Force, it has been reported.

The new refurbished gunships are expected to join the Afghan Air Force in coming months as efforts are underway to increase the fighting capabilities of the Afghan armed forces.

Belarus will deliver the gunships to Afghanistan based on a trial agreement signed between the three countries earlier this month.

“We recently were able to sign a trilateral MoU…India will be paying for the four Mi-24s (which will be delivered) in the next few months. All the four helicopters (will be) paid (for) by India,” Afghan Ambassador to India Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali has told The Hindustan Times.

“India has been kind enough to agree to that request… Afghanistan will have ready helicopters that will be used in the coming season,” Abdali added, referring to the request of the Afghan government for arms supply.

This comes as India has previousy supplied four such gunships to Afghanistan but a number of them have been grounded due to technical issues.

In the meantime, efforts are underway by India to arrange the necessary spares to help make the grounded choppers airborne again.

India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.

The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country.