Iraq bought weapons from Russia to $ 4.5 billion


SLIDES, October 9. / ITAR-TASS /. Russia and Iraq in the second half of the year signed a number of contracts in the sphere of military-technical cooperation of more than $ 4.2 billion. It is stated in the materials prepared by the press service of the Government to the Prime Ministers of Russia and Dmitry Medvedev Iraq and Nouri al-Maliki.

In April and in July and August of this year, a series of visits to the Russian delegation of Iraqi military experts headed by acting Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun Duleymi. "The members of the delegation got acquainted with examples of modern military equipment produced in Russia, discussed the technical and commercial offers for the supply of Russian special equipment with representatives of" Rosoboronexport "and signed a series of contracts worth more than $ 4.2 billion," — said in a statement. 


About what particular weapons and military equipment in question is not specified. According to Reuters, the contracts were signed in April, July and August during visits to Russia Iraqi delegation led by Acting Minister of Defense Saadoun Duleymi Iraq. As the Agence France-Presse, During his visit al-Maliki may be signed several agreements.

Earlier, some media reported that Iraq has acquired a 30 Russian attack helicopters Mi-28N and 42 anti-aircraft missile and gun systems "Shell-S1." In addition, Iraq plans to purchase from Russia a number of MiG-29M/M2 and heavy armored fighting vehicles. According to UPI, during the visit, al-Maliki may be signed contracts worth a total of five billion dollars. 

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