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SP5 Dennis Loberger
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We can always supply them with helicopters that are superior to theirs
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..."The Russian-made helicopters could have been used for combat, search and rescue operations, and medical evacuations in the Southeast Asian archipelago, which is often lashed by typhoons and other natural disasters, Philippine officials said.

In March, the Philippines voted “yes” on a U.N. General Assembly resolution that demanded an immediate halt to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine and the withdrawal of all Russian troops. It condemned the invasion and echoed U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s appeal for respect of humanitarian principles to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

Duterte has expressed concern over the global impact of the Russian invasion but has not personally condemned it. When he was in office, he nurtured close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he once called his “idol,” and Chinese leader Xi Jinping while frequently criticizing U.S. security policies.

The Philippines is a treaty ally of Washington, which has imposed heavy sanctions aimed at pressuring Moscow to pull back from Ukraine.

The deal to acquire the Russian helicopters was among several weapons purchase agreements signed during Duterte’s final months in office.

Last February, Lorenzana signed a 32-billion-peso ($571 million) deal to acquire 32 S-70i Black Hawk helicopters from Poland-based aerospace manufacturer PZL Mielec. It was the largest military aircraft acquisition contract signed under Duterte, Philippine defense officials said..

Due to financial constraints, the Philippines has struggled for years to modernize its military, one of the most underfunded in Asia, to deal with decades-long Muslim and communist insurgencies and to defend its territories in the disputed South China Sea."
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Seems odd. We (The United States) have bought hundreds of Russian built aircraft in the last twenty years. We probably could have sold the Philippines some if we hadn't given so many away to Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine.
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How many Russian military helicopters have we purchased?
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It was over 200 Mi17s last time I checked. That doesn't include other types. I found an old article. There's been a bunch more purchased since 2011.
https://www.army.mil/article/56256/army_equipping_afghans_iraqis_on_mi_17s
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Fort Rucker was even offering a training course at one time.

https://www.al.com/huntsville-times-business/2011/12/russian_helicopters.html
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