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>>