AFGHANISTAN: The Russian helicopters company officials have said they are prepared to establish a service center in Afghanistan to provide repair and other technical services to the Afghan Air Force.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Helicopters Alexander Mikheev has said the company is also prepared to assist the Afghan Air Force in training the Afghan technical staff and engineers.
According to the State-run Sputnik News Agency, Mikheev made the commitment during a meeting with Shakir Kargar, the special presidential envoy to Commonwealth fo Independent States.
Mikheev has also proposed to send a group of experts of the Russian Helicopters company to Afghanistan to assess the technical condition of the helicopters, repair of the helicopters and extension of the resources of the Afghan Air Force helicopters.
The two sides also held talks on delivery of helicopters by Russia to Afghanistan, including Mi24 and Mi35 gunships.
This comes as reports emerged late last year that Afghanistan and Russia will a sign an agreement for the delivery of Mi-35 gunship helicopters.
Russian-made helicopters have a long history in Afghanistan and is preferred better than the helicopters due to their low prices, durability and simplicity. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES