Pentagon Ignored Own Study for Russian Helicopter

Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:37pm

“To outfit Afghanistan’s security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of more than $1 billion. Pentagon officials assured skeptical members of Congress that the Department of Defense had made the right call. They repeatedly cited a top-secret 2010 study they said named the Mi-17 as the superior choice.”

“Turns out the study told a very different story,” according to unclassified excerpts obtained by the Associated Press.