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Iraq starts taking delivery of Russian Mi-35 helicopters

10 November 2013
The Mi-35 attack helicopters at Iraq's Umm Qasr port were pictured in a photograph on 7 November 2013. According to the Iraqi government, Iraq had ordered about 40 Mi-35s and 40 Mi-28 'Havoc' attack helicopters from Russia. Source: Nuri al-Maliki

Key Points

  • Iraq has begun to receive Russian Mi-35 'Hind' helicopters
  • The state is ordering Mi-35 and Mi-28 helicopters despite earlier concerns about corruption

Iraq has received the first of four Russian-built Mi-35 'Hind' helicopters, according to Iraqi government officials and press reports.

The Iraqi government has ordered a total of about 40 Mi-35 and 40 Mi-28 'Havoc' attack helicopters from Russia, according to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The rest of the helicopters will arrive in batches over the coming weeks, according to the post.

The purchase is part of a broader multi-billion arms deal with Russia. IHS Jane's reported in June 2013 that the deal also includes more than 40 Pantsyr-S1 mobile air-defence systems, and other media reports note that a Ka-52 'Hokum-B' twin-seat attack helicopter is part of the deal as well.



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