Congress turns heat up on Pentagon over Russian helicopters


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The US Defense Department is facing allegations that
it misled Congress over the purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghan security forces
amid revelations that a Pentagon study recommended an American-built aircraft for
the job, the Associated Press reported.

The United States has bought dozens of Russian military transport helicopters for use
in Afghanistan in the past two years, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars,
arguing that Afghan forces are more familiar with the aircraft.

But unclassified excerpts from a top-secret Pentagon study describes the US Army’s
Chinook helicopter as “the most cost-effective single platform type fleet for the
Afghan Air Force over a 20-year” period, the AP reported. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>