Mi-24 Attack Helicopters To Afghanistan
Why is it in News?
India on 16th May handed over two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan. These helicopters are a replacement for the four attack helicopters gifted by India to Afghanistan in 2015. Two more will be supplied to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). The helicopters were purchased from Belarus.
- The Mi-24 helicopters shall boost the capability of the AAF and enhance the effectiveness of the Afghan National Defence and Security Force in combating terrorism.
- Under a tripartite agreement, India has agreed to purchase the attack helicopters from Belarus and supply them to Afghanistan.
- Earlier, India had gifted four Mi-24 attack helicopters drawn from the inventory of the Indian Air Force and three Cheetal utility helicopters manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
- India has been one of the largest donors to Afghanistan and has committed $3 billion in aid since 2001.