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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:01 AM
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NATO Short of Helicopters for Afghanistan



NATO Short of Helicopters for Afghanistan
Aviation Week's DTI | Joris Janssen Lok | November 27, 2007

NATO is desperately short of attack and transport helicopters that can support its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, senior sources in NATO Headquarters say. In recent weeks, the alliance has been examining multiple options to correct the shortfall.

Proposals on the table range from improved training and logistic support for deployed helicopters, to a commonly funded modernization of 20-odd Russian-built, Czech-owned Mil Mi-8 Hip transport helos that could then be used to form a multinational transport pool for Afghanistan-type operations.

Representatives from several NATO nations will be discussing these options at a seminar in Brussels, a senior European diplomat in NATO Headquarters tells Aviation Week & Space Technology.

"I believe the U.S. will also shortly come forward with specific proposals to help solve this problem," he adds.

The helicopter shortage is the "single biggest operational problem" that is hampering the day-to-day operations of ISAF, a 41,000-strong multinational mission led by NATO and comprising troops from 38 nations, including 14 that are not members of the alliance.

"Were beseeching, begging, doing everything we can to convince nations to contribute more rotary-wing aviation assets, both transport helicopters and attack helicopters," a Canadian NATO official says.


Rest of article at: http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,157097,00.html
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:30 AM
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1. Checkout Black Water, they have our tax money that was suppose to buy
helicopters. But they are going to charge big for the use of them.
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