Pentagon to buy Russian copters to Iraq

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http://mae.pennnet.com/display_arti...de-helicopters-and-avionics-to-Iraq-military/

The Pentagon late Friday awarded an $80.6 million contract to ARINC Inc. of Annapolis, Md., to supervise the sale of 22 Russian-made MI-17CT military helicopters and helicopter avionics to the Iraqi armed forces.
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) awarded a similar contract to ARINC last summer to supply an identical number of helicopters to the Iraqi military -- only last summer the contract value was for $325 million, not the $80.6 million awarded this past week
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Ulan Ude, Russia, is home to the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, which is the designer and manufacturer of the MI-17 military helicopter -- an export version of the Russian's military's MI-8 combat helicopter.

Different versions of the MI-17 helicopter are designed specifically for high-altitude military operations and are in service in the mountains of Afghanistan.
So our American friends buy Russian helicopters to their allies, for Iraqis. What about the RAF?
 
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There are two MI-17 in Boscombe Down under trails now
 

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#3
You cheeky monkey!
 
#4
The Russians would know all about helicopter operation in Afghanistan, they have had some experience in that theatre of operations. :wink:
 
#5
The Iraqi military have been supplied with a lot of Russian kit by the US.They are very used to such kit,over a large number of years.It makes little sense for them to use US kit.
 
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tropper66 said:
There are two MI-17 in Boscombe Down under trails now
Trials for what ? I only live over the road from Boscombe and havn't seen them flying around in the last 2 years or so.
 
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sc_obvious said:
tropper66 said:
There are two MI-17 in Boscombe Down under trails now
Trials for what ? I only live over the road from Boscombe and havn't seen them flying around in the last 2 years or so.
 

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Isnt the big budgie that ferries the US Presidentinator around the place made by Sikorski? Not a name that figures much in the Andover Yellow Pages one feels?

Gosh!!! People buy Russian budgies!!! I'd ring your wife if I was you KGB.

But I am not.
 
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TheIronDuke said:
Isnt the big budgie that ferries the US Presidentinator around the place made by Sikorski? Not a name that figures much in the Andover Yellow Pages one feels?

Gosh!!! People buy Russian budgies!!! I'd ring your wife if I was you KGB.

But I am not.
Your Lordship, I would like to express my kindest regards to Lady Iron.
 
#10
The Americans were also flying in Mi17's themselves for certain Ops a few years ago.
 
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TheIronDuke said:
Isnt the big budgie that ferries the US Presidentinator around the place made by Sikorski? Not a name that figures much in the Andover Yellow Pages one feels?
Igor Sikorsky( http://www.sikorsky.com/vgn-ext-tem...toid=162f45d57ef68110VgnVCM1000001382000aRCRD
) was in the USA since 1919 after leaving the Bolshie downsizing of the Russian Population.

while in America as a US Citizen he designed

Sikorsky S-29-A: twin-engine cargo biplane. First Sikorsky built in the U.S. Appeared in Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels (1924)
Sikorsky S-30: twin-engine, never built. (1925)
Sikorsky S-31: single-engine biplane (1925)
Sikorsky S-32: single-engine two-passenger biplane (1926)
Sikorsky S-33: "Messenger" single-engine biplane (1925)
Sikorsky S-34: twin-engine flying boat prototype. (1927)
Sikorsky S-35: three-engine biplane prototype (1926)
Sikorsky S-36: eight-seat two-engine flying boat "Amphibion" (1927)
Sikorsky S-37: "Guardian" eight-seat two-engine biplane (1927)
Sikorsky S-38: eight-seat two-engine boat flying boat (USN PS) (1928–1933)
Sikorsky S-39: five-seat single-engine variant of S-38 (1929–1932)
Sikorsky S-40: "Flying Forest" four-engine 28-passenger flying boat (1931)
Sikorsky S-41: twin-engine flying boat (1931)
Sikorsky S-42: "Clipper" four-engine flying boat (1934–1935)
Sikorsky S-43: "Baby Clipper" twin-engine amphibious flying boat (1935–1937) (Army OA-1, USN JRS-1)
Sikorsky VS-44: four-engined flying boat (1937)
Sikorsky S-45: six-engine flying boat (for Pan Am. Never built.)
VS-300
Sikorsky S-47 (R-4): world's first production helicopter. (1940)
Sikorsky S-48 (R-5/H-5): helicopter designed with higher load, endurance, speed, and service ceiling than the R-4 (1943)
Sikorsky S-49 (R-6): improved R-4
Sikorsky S-51: world's first commercial helicopter (1946)
Sikorsky S-52 (H-18/HO5S): helicopter with all-metal rotors (1947)
Sikorsky S-55: utility helicopter (1949)
Sikorsky S-56: twin-engined helicopter, H-37A Mojave (1953)
Sikorsky S-58: improved S-55 (1954)
Sikorsky S-59 (XH-39): 2 H-18s converted to use one turboshaft engine (1953)
Sikorsky S-60: prototype "flying crane" helicopter, crashed 1961 (1959)
Sikorsky S-61: SH-3 Sea King; ASW, SAR or transport helicopter (1959)
Sikorsky S-61R: redesigned S-61 with rear cargo ramp; CH-3, HH-3 "Jolly Green Giant", and HH-3F Pelican (1963)
Sikorsky S-62: HH-52 Seaguard amphibious helicopter (1958)
Sikorsky S-64: CH-54 Tarhe "flying crane" (1962)
Sikorsky S-65: CH-53 Sea Stallion medium/heavy lift helicopter (1964)

Last 44 years of his 83 were quite productive in the USA
 
#12
CH512O said:
The Americans were also flying in Mi17's themselves for certain Ops a few years ago.
We have a few down at Ft. Polk and a real Hind or two as well for OPFOR
 

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