India recently handed over two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan. The helicopters were formally handed over by Indian Ambassador to the acting Minister of National Defence of Afghanistan at Kabul Air Force base.
This is the second time that India agreed to transfer lethal military equipment to Afghanistan. In December 2016 India had gifted four Mi-25 (Mi-24D) helicopters drawn from the inventory of the Indian Air Force and three Cheetah utility helicopters manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). In past India has also transferred non-lethal equipment, including vehicles, communication equipment, transport choppers & medical supplies to Afghanistan.
It is a large helicopter gunship thus can be used for assault. It can also be used for transport missions as it can ferry up to eight people. Being an attack helicopter, it is designed to take on fortified enemy positions and locations prone to heavy ground fire to flying in troops.
The helicopters delivered are a replacement for four attack helicopters which India gifted to Afghanistan in 2015. Soon remaining two will be sent a replacement. Under a tripartite agreement in 2018, India had agreed to finance the purchase of four attack helicopter from Belarus and then deliver them to Afghanistan.