Posted 14 апреля 2022,, 12:25

Published 14 апреля 2022,, 12:25

Modified 24 декабря 2022,, 22:36

Updated 24 декабря 2022,, 22:36

The Pentagon will supply Ukraine with Soviet Mi-17 helicopters that did not reach Afghanistan

14 апреля 2022, 12:25
The new US military aid package includes various weapons worth $800 million.

According to The Hill, the new aid package from the White House will consist of weapons systems that have already been transferred before, and "new capabilities": artillery systems and projectiles, armored personnel carriers and additional helicopters. The total amount of assistance will be $800 million.

The package also includes 11 Mi-17 helicopters, 300 Switchblade unmanned aerial vehicles, 200 M113 armored personnel carriers, 18 howitzers and 40,000 artillery shells, 10 counter-artillery radars, 500 Javelin missiles, coastal defense drones and defenses in the event of an attack using chemical or biological weapons.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the 11 Soviet-era Mi-17 helicopters included in the package were originally destined for Afghanistan.

Kirby also said the US is looking into ways to train Ukrainian forces with some of the systems provided.

“We believe that we can organize appropriate training for some of these systems very, very quickly”, - he said, noting that the systems are not very complex.