24 Jul '14, 6pm

Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

MOSCOW — Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq’s defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive. “A number of contracts with Iraq have entered into force and are being fulfilled,” the Interfax news agency quoted a source in Russia’s defense export establishment as saying. Deliveries of Mi-35 helicopter gunships and Su-25 fighters that provide close air support for ground troops have begun, added the source. Iraq also has contracts for Mi-28 attack helicopters and mobile Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air and anti-aircraft artillery systems. Russia’s ambassador to Baghdad, Ilya Mogunov, had previously said he believed up to 10 Sukhoi fighter jets would be delivered by the end of the summer. Russia and Iraq in 2012 signed contracts worth $4.2 billion (€3.1 billion) to supply 36 ...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140724/DEFREG04/3072...

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