''Tri-Service personnel from the [*******#122449]Joint Helicopter Command (JHC)[/COLOR]
are currently training Afghan pilots to fly Russian-built helicopters over Salisbury Plain in a project to develop the nascent Afghan helicopter capability. Report by Tristan Kelly.
Some years ago the sight of Russian helicopters over the Wiltshire countryside may have caused some concern. However, times have changed, and two Mi-17 helicopters are being used by British forces to train their Afghan colleagues as part of Project Curium.
The two-year project aims to train Afghan helicopter pilots and build the seed corn of an indigenous force in the country so that fewer UK forces will be required there in the future.
Secret up until now, the project is being run by QinetiQ on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, and, when completed at the end of this month, 27 Afghan aircrew will have been trained on the helicopters.''
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