Indian will deliver a total of Mi-25 gunship helicopters to the Afghan Air Force procured from Belarus. The delivery of two Mi-25 gunship helicopters is scheduled for March 2019, while 4 others will be supplied after that.
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This comes as the Afghan officials had said earlier that an agreement has been signed between Afghanistan, Belarus, and India for the delivery of the four gunships.
“We will receive the first of those two in March hopefully. It’s just a process that’s taking time. The other two should come in June or July. It’s just a matter of preparation. They will arrive soon,” Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser.
Mohib arrived in New Delhi last week to meet with his Indian counterpart and other Indian officials. “Held productive meetings in India with my counterpart NSA Ajit Doval and other security officials on regional stability, the democratic progress and ongoing peace efforts in Afghanistan, and bilateral security cooperation,” he had said following his meeting with Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor of India.
India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.
The government of India pledged a fresh aid package of $1 billion to support the reconstruction projects in Afghanistan during a visit by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in late 2016. The two countries have also developed a high level of cooperation in terms of military and security during recent years.
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