Monday, 18 June 2007

MoD shunned chance to hire more helicopters

The desperate lack of air transport in Afghanistan could have been resolved if ministers had agreed last year to an offer from Security Support Solutions Ltd to provide four Mi17 Hip helicopters and an Mi26 Halo transporter, capable of carrying 20 tons. But the deal foundered because the MoD was reluctant to fly troops in Soviet era helicopters.

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