Pentagon to buy Russian copters to Iraq

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?
 
There are two MI-17 in Boscombe Down under trails now
 

Biped

LE
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You cheeky monkey!
 
The Russians would know all about helicopter operation in Afghanistan, they have had some experience in that theatre of operations. :wink:
 
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.
 

sc_obvious

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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.
 
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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TheIronDuke

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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.
 
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.
 
The Americans were also flying in Mi17's themselves for certain Ops a few years ago.
 
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
 
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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