India’s Mi-24 Helicopters to Afghanistan

Issue: 6 / 2019

Afghanistan has received the first two of four Russian-built Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters from India. The choppers are to boost Afghanistan’s counter-insurgency capabilities. In 2018, India had promised the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to deliver four Mi-24s as a replacement for the four attack helicopters previously gifted by India. India delivered Mil Mi-25 assault helicopters to the ANDSF in April 2015 as part of a bilateral strategic agreement signed in 2011 between New Delhi and Kabul. It is unclear whether these Mi-25s have been lost operationally or simply become inoperative.