Russia delivered a batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq


Another batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters was delivered to Iraq by An-124 Ruslan transport aircraft, a source told TASS at MAKS-2015 airshow.

In accordance with the delivery schedule, Iraq took delivery of four Mi-35M and four Mi-28NE attack helicopters. The vehicles feature the full combat configuration and are fitted with the night vision equipment, TASS reports with reference to a military attaché.

It was reported earlier that Baghdad would take delivery of 43 combat helicopters by 2016 (24 Mi-35M and 19 Mi-28NE vehicles). These helicopters will be used to fight terrorist groups in Iraq. So far Iraq have taken delivery of 16 Mi-35Ms and 11 Mi-28NEs.

The contract for delivery of military equipment and vehicles worth $4,2 billion between Russia (Rosoboronexport) and Iraq was signed in 2012 during a visit of Iraqi President to Moscow. The contract is implemented by Rostvertol (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company), which manufactures Mi-35M and Mi-28NE combat helicopters, as well as Mi-26 heavy transport helicopters. According to experts, the cost of the delivered vehicles, including ground equipment and weapons, exceeds $1 billion.

Russian Arms Are Best in War Against ISIL – Iraqi Defense Minister

Iraqi security forces defend their positions against Islamic State group attack in Husaybah, 5 miles east of Ramadi, Iraq.


Russian-made weapons are most efficient in fighting ISIL terrorists, Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said on Friday.

“The war we are waging is not a traditional one. We are building our armed forces in peacetime… Our enemy is changing its tactic every month, every day and we need adequate weapons to respond to this,” RT Arabic quoted the Iraqi minister as saying during an ongoing visit to Moscow.“In the battles we are fighting now Russian weapons have proved themselves as the very best. I know that the Americans can’t supply us with such weapons,” he added.

Khaled al-Obeidi said that the Americans are not very good when there is “a war of attrition” going on where Iraq needs large amounts of military supplies.

He also mentioned Russia’s promise to supply the Iraqis with whatever weapons and other military hardware it could possibly find in its arsenals.

The minister praised the work done by the joint and hailed Moscow’s readiness to provide all-round assistance to his country.

India, China, Iraq Largest Importers of Russian Military Equipment – Report

The Russian Rostec stand

Asian countries have become the main importers of Russian military equipment amid sanction imposed by the US.

India, China, and Iraq have received the most weapons and military equipment in 2014 from Russia’s state-run Rostec company, according to the company’s annual report published on Wednesday.“The deliveries of military equipment were sent to 59 countries. The company’s main importers were India (25 percent), China (22 percent), Iraq (22 percent), Syria (5 percent), and Venezuela (5 percent). Geographically, the main exports of military equipment went to Asia (75 percent), Latin America (9 percent), and the Middle East (7 percent),” the report shows.

The company’s annual report also reflects that military exports to the former soviet republics have drastically dropped to $370 million in 2014 from $1.5 billion in 2013.

The company fulfilled 9,400 contracts in 2014; that is 54 percent more than in 2013.

However, western sanctions against Russia have raised Rostec’s subsidiaries and could diminish the attractiveness of the corporation’s projects for investors, the same report read.”Sanctions imposed by Western countries against the Russian Federation in relation to the Ukrainian crisis inevitably affected the corporation and its organizations. The sanctions are not aimed to affect the corporation but its subsidiaries, since the corporation receives no funding from abroad. The sanctions could harm investment attractiveness of the corporation’s projects and the capitalization of its brand, as well as Rostec’s profit received from the subsidiaries’ shares and stocks,” the report said.

The corporation, which deals with hi-tech industrial products and military arms and equipment, noted that US sanctions specifically prohibited US citizens and legal entities from making any new financial transactions and provisioning new loans to Russian (citizens and legal entities) for a period of more than 30 days.

“This prohibition applies to all the subsidiaries in which the corporation has, alone or together with other persons included on the sanctions list, with more than 50 percent of shares,” the report said.

First Iraqi-Piloted US F-16 Fighters Land in Iraq After Months of Delay

Mideast Russia's photo.

The first batch of US F-16 fighter jets piloted by Iraqis landed on Monday at Iraq’s Balad air base north of Baghdad, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said in an announcement on its website.

 The announcement was confirmed on Twitter by US Ambassador Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran in the US Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

“After years of preparation & training in the U.S., Iraqi pilots today landed the 1st squadron of Iraqi F16s in Iraq,” he tweeted.

The White House said Sunday there were 30 Iraqi Air Force pilots in the training pipeline

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Russia to Supply Iraqi Army With Mine Clearing Vehicles Under ‘Secret’ Deal

BMR-3M mine clearing vehicle

Russia is set to supply the Iraqi army with approximately 400 advanced mine clearing vehicles next week for clearing the mines planted by the Islamic State (IS) in vast areas, according to a report from Iran’s Fars News Agency (FNA).

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has inked a ‘secret’ contract with Russia to equip the Iraqi army with the demining vehicles, the agency quotes a senior Iraqi official as saying without releasing his name.

“The armored vehicles will be used in military operations against the IS Takfiri terrorists in Northern and Western Iraq upon arrival in the country,” the source apparently said, adding that the costs for purchasing the vehicles will be paid by the Iraqi government later.

The story is illustrated with a photo of a Russian BMR-3M “Vepr” (Boar) armored clearance vehicle.

The vehicle was developed on the basis of the T-90 MBT (main battle tank); it was built to collect intelligence, overcome obstacles and perform mine clearance.

It clears passages of a width approximately equal to the inter-wheel clearance of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers.

Attached to the front of the vehicle are two arms, each with solid steel wheels that rely on their weight to detonate mines while driving over them; this doesn’t damage the tanks due to their thickness, allowing the vehicle to continue along its path with other tanks such as the T-90 following it.

The agency stressed that earlier in May, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had already said that Moscow is ready to send more weapons and ammunition to Bagdad to help the crisis-hit country overcome the Takfiri terrorist groups, particularly the IS.According to the Russian media, Russia has already supplied fighting equipment to Iraq: Russian Mi28 anti-armor attack helicopter,  multirole Mi-35 attack helicopters, the Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets, TOS-1A heavy flamethrower systems, Pantsir air defense systems, Dzhigit support launching units, artillery and other ammunition.


US Plans to Send 400 Military Trainers to Iraq to Combat ISIL

Iraqi Sunni volunteers from the Anbar province, who joined Iraq's Popular Mobilisation force as part of government efforts to make the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group a cross-sectarian drive, take part in their first training session at a training base in Amriyat al-Fallujah, on May 8, 2015

The United States is planning to use an Iraqi base in central Anbar Province to house 400 American military specialists who will train Iraqi forces fighting against Islamic State radicals, The New York Times reports citing American officials.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A final decision on the new training operation near the town of Habbaniyah has not been announced yet, the newspaper said on Tuesday, adding that US plans to send additional specialists to Iraq come in the wake of the capture of the city of Ramadi by ISIL militants.

The United States currently has 3,000 troops in Iraq in a training capacity and continues to carry out airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq, as well as Syria, where the Sunni radicals have also ceased vast territories.The airstrikes are part of international US-led coalition efforts to eradicate ISIL, which has become notorious for its brutal tactics and beheadings of Western journalists. The coalition was formed by US President Barack Obama in September, 2014, and its military action has been limited to airstrikes.

On the ground, Islamic State fighters are being opposed by Iraqi forces and Kurdish militia. However, despite the joint efforts, Islamic State has recently made advances in Iraq, capturing Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province located some 80 miles west of Baghdad.


Contract for delivery of Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopters to Iraq has already been implemented “by one-third”


Implementation of the contract for delivery of Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopters to Iraq is underway, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO Andrey Shibitov.

“About one-third of the vehicles specified in the contract has already been delivered to the customer,” A.Shibitov said. It was reported earlier that Iraq purchased about 40 Russian-produced helicopters. This refers to Mi-35 and Mi-28NE vehicles.

The first batch of Mi-28NE helicopters was delivered to Iraq in autumn 2014. On October 30th Iraqi Ministry of Defense stated that these vehicles are ready to fight against Islamic State terrorist group.