The Pentagon has acknowledged the weakness of the American “Black hawk down” before the Russian Mi-17
The U.S. Department of defense is considered Black Hawk inferior in power and on the other a number of characteristics less effective
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Inspector General of the U.S. Department of defense Glenn Fain, speaking about the tense situation in Afghanistan, on Saturday, 16 June, openly acknowledged that military helicopters of the United States UH-60 Black Hawk (“Black hawks”) which began to be delivered to the Islamic Republic instead of Mi-17 helicopters from Russia, recognized by the Pentagon of equal power and on the other a number of characteristics less effective, according to The Drive.
“They are not able to carry some large loads with which to cope, the Mi-17. You have to use two Black Hawk to deliver such a volume of goods, which carries one Mi-17,” said a senior American military commander.
The state inspector of the Ministry of defense stressed that, in contrast to the Mi-17, Black Hawk can’t fly at high altitudes, so during the military special operations United States, nicknamed “the Guardians of the operational freedom” and helping the Afghan national forces of defense and security, in remote regions of Afghanistan continue to use Russian Mi-17. According to fine, after the complete replacement of Mi-17, Black Hawk, these “problems will manifest themselves more clearly”.
Next year the Armed forces of America are going to put into Afghanistan almost 160 Black Hawk helicopters.
It is relatively shameful the statements of the US army are heard from the Pentagon, given that the Department of defense insisted and constantly defended the delivery of the Black hawks in the Afghan air force, as a necessary condition for the modernization of the service and to the broader goal of improving the capacity of the Afghan military to carry out operations independently from the NATO-led coalition in the country.
And when the Russian helicopters Mi-17 was the workhorse of the Afghan air force, the U.S. military has faced additional challenges in maintaining this ability and at the same time trying to work on its gradual termination. This was most noticeable in relation to the transfer of qualified pilots and other flight crew to work with Black Hawks.