Procurement: Evil Russian Arms Dealers Corrupt Frugal U.S. Soldiers

“The Mi-17 medium lift transport helicopter can be purchased as civil or military aircraft. If equipped with military systems, or if purchased directly by a foreign military, the acquisition must go through the Russian State company for arms exports, Rosoboronexport. If the aircraft are not armed, however, they can be purchased by private companies and exported as civil aircraft. As Rosoboronexport has been on the U.S. State Department banned list for the last 6 years for arms transfers to Iran, the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy have used the “civil” method to acquire aircraft via brokers for Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. military has acquired 36 new civil helicopters from U.S. brokers.”

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