birdwatcher (birdwatcher) wrote,

  • Mood:


Пентагон закупает непобедимые советские супервертолеты для вооружения марионеточного режима в Афганистане.

WP -- The spectacle of using U.S. taxpayer dollars to buy Russian military products is proving a difficult sell in Congress. Some legislators say that the Pentagon never considered alternatives to the Mi-17, an aircraft it purchased for use in Iraq and Pakistan, and that a lack of competition has enabled Russian defense contractors to gouge on prices.

"If people come and fly in Afghanistan with the Mi-17, they will understand why that aircraft is so important to the future for Afghanistan," said Brig. Gen. Michael R. Boera, the U.S. Air Force general in charge of rebuilding the Afghan air corps. "We've got to get beyond the fact that it's Russian. . . . It works well in Afghanistan."

Википедия сообщает: Модернизация вертолёта Ми-8, завершившаяся в 1980 г., привела к созданию усовершенствованного варианта этой машины — Ми-8МТ (при поставках на экспорт — Ми-17), который отличается улучшенной силовой установкой (2 двигателя ТВ3-117)и наличием ВСУ.

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.