British troops relying on Russian supply aircraft

British forces are so short of helicopters in Helmand that they are hiring Russian civilian aircraft to transport supplies.

The Soviet-era Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters are flown by freelance Russia and Ukrainian pilots, who face the risk of being shot down by the Taliban. Their ageing aircraft also have a questionable safety record. Troops at UK forward operating bases rely heavily on the civilian helicopters to ferry in food, water, ammunition and other supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It must be painfully obvious to British soldiers in Afghanistan that they have become disposable to their government in this military misadventure.

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