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Dunford urges Congress to approve Russian helicopter deal
Stars and Stripes ^ | : July 17, 2014 | John Vandiver

Posted on 07/17/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT by Rabin

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford urged to back off plans to cut funding ($550 million contract for Rosoboronexport, Russian supplier of the Mi-17), claiming it would have a “catastrophic” effect on Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations.

By the end this year, U.S. will abandon its position in Afghanistan. Russian forces who will replace US are flight ready with the Mi-17, though many would prefer American class equipment.

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TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: afghan; dunford; russia
Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford. Moron, or greedy bureaucrat farging bastich? Rab can but wonder.

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1 posted on 07/17/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT by Rabin
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To: Rabin

Hate to tell you, but Russian choppers are more robust, simpler and more importantly intended to be maintained by ill-trained and under-educated personnel.


2 posted on 07/17/2014 10:23:44 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Rabin

As well you should


4 posted on 07/17/2014 10:46:29 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Rabin

It is a good choice of airframes for them, but it is never going to happen after today. Congress will not go for it now.


5 posted on 07/17/2014 11:21:26 PM PDT by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: F15Eagle

Yup. Sadly.

Russian choppers are a better choice for a Third World country that’s got to support them out of their own resources. Our choppers are faster and can sometimes perform better in other aspects, but they’re more complicated and have corresponding maintenance demands.


6 posted on 07/17/2014 11:37:34 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Nifster

Also, there are more parts sources out there for them - US choppers are mostly dependent on the US government allowing export of parts. As Obama has demonstrated, the US will be leaving you in the lurch if they feel like it. Depending on the US is kind of stupid for other countries at the moment.


7 posted on 07/17/2014 11:39:04 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Rabin

Ruskies got good Hindsight.


8 posted on 11/29/2014 2:03:40 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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