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Saturday, 07 November 2015 09:35
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The government of India is expected to provide four Mi-25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan as the Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar is likely to visit the country on Saturday.
The official announcement of transfer of helicopters will possibly take place in few days, according to Indian Express.
“We are going to give them the helicopters, this is a one-off arrangement,” the Express quoted an Indian official as saying.
Besides approaching India, Kabul had reportedly asked Russia for the same military assistance. Earlier, the United States had also purchased smaller helicopters from Russia for the Afghan Air Force but that was reportedly stopped after Moscow intervened in the Ukraine.
This comes while, former President Hamid Karzai had also sought military hardware from India.
However the deal did not take place during the UPA government.
The Afghan wish-list in 2013 included tanks, artillery and helicopters.