Not Saussure

October 11, 2006

Helicopters for Afghanistan

Filed under: Afghanistan — notsaussure @ 11:02 pm

The desperate shortage of helicopters in Afghanistan has forced the Ministry of Defence to seek the help of a private helicopter company, the government has admitted.

OK, the Telegraph has its axe to grind with the government, but I don’t see why this news should be regarded with any particular alarm. Seems eminently sensible to me; the MOD can hardly be expected to keep itself fully equipped for combat in any theatre of operations anywhere in the world. This company’s got the specialised kit needed, so it makes a lot more sense to hire it in than to spend several years and pots of money developing it, particularly since

The Russian-made [though now British-owned and operated] helicopters are specifically designed for use in Afghanistan’s “hot and high” conditions with the Mi26 able to carry 100 combat troops or 20 tons of equipment.

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