#1118 Mil Mi-17MTV-1
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1118 - Mil Mi-17MTV-1, 93510, Counternarcotics Police of Afghanistan Air Interdiction Unit Embedded Training Team, Kabul Afghanistan International Airport. The United States Department of Defense established a program through its Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counternarcotics and Global Threats to create the Afghan Air Interdiction Unit and provide a helicopter capability within the Counternarcotics Police of Afghanistan. The original program provided Mi-17MTV-1 helicopter support to the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency for counternarcotics operations in Afghanistan. The program merged with a parallel effort of the United Kingdom Royal Air Force to form the Air Interdiction Unit. A US Army Aviation embedded training team including advisors from the US Army, Royal Air Force, and US Army contractor team of Counter-Narcoterrorism Global Support and DynCorp, International executes the program’s objectives. The collective mission of the embedded training team is to train the Air Interdiction Unit to provide air support for counternarcotics operations throughout Afghanistan including tactical insertion and extraction of counternarcotics forces conducting raids and seizures, movement of personnel and cargo in support of counternarcotics forces and operations, and casualty evacuation. The embedded training team in partnership with the Afghan Air Interdiction Unit operates 20 Mil Mi-17MTV-1 helicopters.