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America's Latest Huge Defense Purchases

• http://www.businessinsider.com, 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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