U.S. Army’s Black Hawk helicopters for Afghans lack lift of Russian ones they’re replacing: Pentagon

The U.S. Army?s Black Hawk helicopters are less capable for some missions conducted by Afghanistan?s Air Force than the Russian-made ones they?re replacing, according to the Pentagon?s inspector general.

It?s a setback six years after lawmakers started pushing for the U.S. to stop buying the Mi-17 sold by Rosoboronexport, Russia?s state-owned weapons exporter, in light of President Vladimir Putin?s interventions abroad. The Afghan military, which is working to develop its Air Force?s capabilities, has been flying the Russian-made chopper since the 1980s.