A next batch of a dozen Mi-17V-5 (NATO-name Hip) tactical transport helicopters have been delivered to the Afghan National Army in October 2013, Russian state export company Rosobornexport confirmed.
In total 63 Mi-17V-5 choppers, the workhorse of an army aviation force, are due to be delivered through a sales deal concluded by the US government to supply Afghanistan with a functional armed forces after the US invaded the Asian country to combat terrorism and the Taliban extreme radical Islamic movement.
The first contract was for 21 Hips, signed in May 2011 and fulfilled in the summer of 2012. The second deal signed in the same year called for another dozen Mi-17V-5s, followed by another for 30 helicopters to be delivered in 2014.
The Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopter is a modernised version of the Mi-8/17-type helicopters. It was developed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant’s design bureau with the participation of the Kazan Helicopter Plant with due regard to vast operational experience gained by its predecessors in a variety of armed conflicts, including in Afghanistan. Today, more than 2,400 Mil Mi-8/17-type helicopters are in service with more than 80 countries.
Source: Вертолеты России (Russian Helicopters)