India will underwrite the supply and delivery of four refurbished Russian-built Mil Mi-24 assault helicopters by Belarus to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) over the next few months, Jane’s has learned.
“The Indian government has agreed to source these helicopters from Belarus, as Russia remains under international sanctions due to its military action in Ukraine in 2014,” said Rahul Bhonsle, the director of Security Risks Asia: a New Delhi-based defence management consultancy.
India is currently unable to supply these helicopters to the ANDSF, given that its stocks of these platforms are depleted, he added.
Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to New Delhi, also confirmed the helicopter transfer in an interview published by the Hindustan Times newspaper on 27 March.
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