31 Jul '14, 10am

News update: Iraq focuses on swift delivery of Russian weaponry

News update: Iraq focuses on swift delivery of Russian weaponry

Russian officials have said that TOS-1A rocket launchers are being delivered to Iraq under a USD1 billion arms deal The acquisition of Russian artillery and ground attack aircraft raises questions about the tactics that the Iraqi military intends to use against the Sunni areas that are currently controlled by militants A TOR-1A Solntsepek multiple rocket launcher (MRL) has been observed being unloaded in Baghdad: a revelation that appears to reflect a wider effort by Iraq to rapidly acquire inexpensive, but comparatively indiscriminate weaponry to fight the Sunni militants who have taken control of much of the north and west of the country. A Sunni opposition group called the Iraqi Revolution released photographs on 27 July of what it claimed were TOS-1 Buratino MRL systems being delivered by an Antonov An-225 transport aircraft to Baghdad the previous morning. Only produc...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/41343/iraq-focuses-on-swift-...

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