NATO is desperately short of helicopters that can support its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. This is especially so in the south, where only three NATO countries—the U.K., Netherlands and U.S.—provide sizeable rotary-wing assets for operations in the Taliban-infested provinces of Helmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan (see related story, DTI July/August 2007, p. 14). Every helo assigned is continuously employed as ISAF struggles with a constant imbalance of demand ...


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