The gunship helicopters would be deployed at the borders with Pakistan to curb the terrorists activities, sources have revealed.
“We recently were able to sign a trilateral MoU…India will be paying for the four Mi-24s (which will be delivered) in the next few months. All the four helicopters (will be) paid (for) by India ,” he said.
Afghanistan has a four-year military transition plan backed by the US to modernise its air force, but the country reached out to India for assistance in acquiring some helicopters needed immediately for counter-terrorism operations. “India has been kind enough to agree to that request… Afghanistan will have ready helicopters that will be used in the coming season,” Abdali said.
Two years ago, India supplied four Mi-24s to the Afghan Air Force, marking a significant shift from its earlier reluctance to provide lethal military equipment, the Hindustan Times reported.
However, reports indicate that some of these helicopters have been grounded because due to the lack of spares. The Hindustan Times reported that Abdali said India is working on plans to help repair and refurbish these Mi-24s and other Russian-origin helicopters and transport aircraft of the Afghan Air Force.