Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Indian copters made difference in Afghanistan

Washington: The three Mi-35 Indian multi-role helicopters donated to Afghanistan have made a big differencein the offensive against militants in the war-torn country, the outgoing commander of US forces in Afghanistan has said.

"They do have three Mi-35s (sic) - really Mi-24s and Mi-35s from India. They'll have a fourth one coming in pretty soon that will add to their inventory as well and that'll make a great difference," Gen John Campbell told members of the House Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing in Afghanistan yesterday.

The Mi-35, a comprehensive upgrade of the Mi-24, is a versatile helicopter gunship with troop carrying capabilities.

Campbell, who has commanded US and international forces in Afghanistan for the past 18 months, is expected to retire. Lieutenant General John Nicholson has been chosen by President Barack Obama to replace Campbell.
03/02/16 PTI/News Today
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