Russia and the US are planning to sign new military cooperation deals in search of other mutually beneficial areas of military cooperation, Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation deputy chief Vyacheslav Dzirkaln said.

“We plan to sign more deals with the US very soon, and plan to extend [cooperation] beyond helicopter deals,” Dzirkaln added.

The countries have recently signed a contract for the purchase of 21 Mi-17V5 military transport helicopters for the Afghan army.

The first batch of aircraft under the contract is expected to be delivered to Afghanistan later this year.

The Mi-17V5 helicopter is an export version of the Mi-8 Hip helicopter featuring a loading ramp, an additional door and a new “dolphin nose”, according to RIA Novosti.