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Afghan army chief to visit India next week, eyes more Mi-25 helicopters

Afghan National Army (ANA) troops arrive in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan August 10, 2016. REUTERS/ Abdul Malik
Afghan National Army (ANA) troops arrive in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan August 10, 2016. REUTERS/ Abdul Malik

Kabul: Afghan National Army (ANA) chief of staff General Qadam Shah Shaheem is scheduled to visit New Delhi next week and is expected to ask for the delivery of more Mi-25 gunship helicopters from India.

Reports suggest that General Shaheem will hand over a wish list of Afghanistan that will include more Mi-25 gunship helicopters, small choppers and medical emergencies as well as spares for the existing Russian-origin aircraft.

New Delhi in December 2015 had started the delivery of lethal military equipment to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

The Afghan Air Force received 3 of the 4 Mi-25 gunship helicopters then which coincided with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country. (ANI)

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