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Airmen help deliver helicopters to Afghan military

by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David M. Votroubek
Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs

12/6/2007 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Airmen from Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Combined Air Power Transition Force help deliver the first three of 12 refurbished Soviet helicopters Dec. 5 at Kabul, Afghanistan. 

The Airmen are involved in mentoring the Afghan national army air corps and helped acquire the aircraft, donated by Czech Republic officials.

The MI-17 helicopters are meant to help the Afghan national army air corps transport troops, evacuate casualties and provide humanitarian assistance during emergencies. 

This first step is part of a plan to field 200 aircraft for the Afghan national army air corps by 2011. More aircraft will be coming from the Czech Republic and from the United Arab Emirates in the next few months.

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