Deliveries of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army are now complete, with a total of 63 helicopters produced and delivered under the Russian-US cooperation agreement signed in May 2011.
The helicopters have been produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, and supplied by Rosoboronexport on behalf of the Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSVTS Russia).
The helicopters were ordered by the US Army Forces Command under three contracts to equip the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) with transport helicopters capable of performing in the harsh Afghanistan climate and mountainous terrain.
The Mi-17V5, known as the Mi-8MTV-5 in Russia, is a military transport helicopter developed from the Mi-17 (Mi-8MT) medium multirole helicopter. It can transport up to 4,000kg of various kinds of cargo either inside the cabin or on an external sling.