India handed over the second batch of two Mi-24V attack/troop transport helicopters to Afghanistan during a ceremony held at the Kabul Air Force Base on Oct. 15.
The helicopters were ceremoniously handed over by Ambassador of India to Afghanistan H.E. Vinay Kumar to Minister of National Defence of Afghanistan, H.E. Mr. Asadullah Khalid.
The helicopters are a replacement for the four attack helicopters previously gifted by India to Afghanistan in 2015.
“The combat performance and offensive firepower that the Mi-24V helicopters provide will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Afghan Air Force in ensuring that the ANDSF maintain an agile and robust Counter-Terrorism capability”, said a statement released by the Indian Embassy.
The first batch of two Mi-24s was handed over to Afghanistan during a ceremony at the Kabul Air Force Base on May 16.
The Mil Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind) is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. The helicopter is produced by Russia’s Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with 48 other nations.