Slovakia-based Trenčín (LOTN) has completed the overhaul of Afghanistan's first Mi-17V-5 helicopter. The helicopter was overhauled under an agreement signed by the NSPA (NATO Supply and Procurement Agency) with the Slovakian Ministry of Defence in 2016. The first phase was completed with the delivery of first platforms to Afghanistan after the test flights. The second stage deliveries of the Afghan Air Force are scheduled to be completed in 2019.
Another statement following the NATO Leaders Meeting in Brussels will continue to provide funding from the NATO Trust Fund to sustainment of the Mi-17 helicopters in the Afghan Air Force inventory through replacement with UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.
Mi-17 helicopters serving in civil and military roles in many countries' inventory can carry 24 troops or 4,000 kilograms of payload. The two-engine platform's endurance is 2 hours and 30 minutes and can reach a range of 520 kilometers.