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America's Latest Huge Defense Purchases

•, Walter Hickey
It seems like the Pentagon is just like everyone else, fleeing the cities on vacation time in the middle of July. Last week the Pentagon slacked off, spending a measly $1.8 billion on 58 defense contracts.
The Army is paying $171.4 million to Rosoboronexport FGUP of Moscow, Russia for Mi-17 helicopters

Wait, what?

Sounds weird, right? These are almost certainly going to Afghanistan. While allegedly some Special Forces units have considered using the Mi-17, the U.S. has bought many Mi-17 attack helicopters from Rosoboronexport for use in Afghanistan's military.

The reasoning is that Afghan pilots are short in supply and have strong familiarity with the Mi-17 over domestic models. Moreover, the Mi-17 is evidently better suited for Afghanistan's environment.

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