- 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.