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Argentina hands over helicopters bought from Russia to Ukraine

Mar 2, 2024

Argentina's newly elected president, Javier Milei, handed over two helicopters to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.


This was reported by RBC-Ukraine regarding the Financial Times.

According to the newspaper, Milei prefers alliances with "countries that defend freedom," including the United States, Israel, which he visited earlier this month, and Ukraine, to which he presented two Russian-made military helicopters.

The Financial Times does not say which helicopters will be given to Ukraine, but we recall that at the end of last year, there was information that Argentina intended to give Ukraine two Mi-171E multipurpose helicopters, which were previously purchased from Russia.

The Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter is an upgraded version of the Mi-8 helicopter. It has an upgraded powerplant and a carbon fiber rotor. The composite main rotor has improved the helicopter's flight characteristics somewhat, and thanks to composite materials, the rotor is lighter than the traditional one.

The Mi-171E is reported to be capable of carrying up to five tons in the cargo cockpit or slightly more than five tons on an external sling. The aircraft has a range of 850 km.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 02/03/2024

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