interesting article in the Telegraph...


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'The Sunday Telegraph learned that the Government turned down the chance to buy 12 “cut-price” helicopters, which were close to being ready for operational use in Afghanistan, preferring to spend more time and money upgrading its own machines.

Ministers rejected an offer of a dozen SA 330 Puma transport helicopters from the United Arab Emirates at a cost of about £6 million each..'

...apparently they would have been ready for use by the end of the year.

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