Now that the Obama administration has lifted sanctions against Russia's state arms exporter, the U.S. has been scooping up helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from various former Cold War rivals, including Russia. Some lawmakers are calling on the military to consider buying more American-made aircraft, but the Pentagon says it has issued a report in 2005 calling the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters the most cost-effective means, at the time, for addressing operational requirements of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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