Brown keeps troops short of helicopters

British frontline troops in Afghanistan are so short of helicopters and transport planes that they are being bailed out by the Russians. The MOD is using civilian Russian transport helicopters to ferry supplies and soldiers in Afghanistan. The SBS and SAS Even have even been forced to use helicopters from a Third World nation to mount covert operations because of a desperate lack of UK aircraft. Now we can understand why the head of the Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, and found himself the subject of a ZANU Labour dirty tricks campaign. The 6,000 U.S. Marines deployed in southern Helmand have 120 helicopters – Britain’s 9,000 troops have about 20 helicopters. This is Gordon Brown’s idea of adequate resources!

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