Friday, June 24, 2011

India continues to withdraw its Mi-35 attack helicopters with the United Nations

India will continue to withdraw its helicopters from United Nations peacekeeping operations in the Congo and has turned down a request by the UN to keep the aircraft there.

The Telegraph India reported that India is preparing to withdraw the last four Mi-35 attack helicopters next month, citing strong domestic need for the aircraft. The contract with the UN’s Democratic Republic of Congo mission (Monusco) expires on July 4.

The Congo is heading towards a residential election, prompting the UN to call for the helicopters to stay longer.

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