Russian contract with Iraq includes the Mi-28N and Carapace

 

Chetyrehmilliardny contract for the sale to Iraq of Russian arms and military equipment will primarily involve the supply of missile-gun air defense systems "Shell" and attack helicopters Mi-28NE, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) Ruslan Pukhov.

 


MOSCOW, October 9 — RIA Novosti. Chetyrehmilliardny contract for the sale to Iraq of Russian arms and military equipment will primarily involve the supply of missile-gun air defense systems "Shell" and attack helicopters Mi-28NE, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) Ruslan Pukhov.

As reported on the same day, the press service of the government of the Russian Federation, 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.

"In the contract it signed in the first place is to supply about 50 complexes" Shell "and about 30 new attack helicopters Mi-28NE" — said Pukhov.

The signing of one of the largest contracts in the sphere of military-technical cooperation (MTC) in the recent history of Russia with Iraq, which are still in the U.S. military, Pukhov explained by three factors.

"First, it is clear that U.S. influence in Iraq is too exaggerated. Shi'a government of that country starts to spend more and more independent of Washington's policies are increasingly looking to Iran," — said the expert.

The second important factor, he said the personal contribution of the former head of the Federal Service for military-technical cooperation, Mikhail Dmitriev, who as director has repeatedly said that "you can not give up" and "need to continue to work with Iraq."

In addition, Pukhov said, over the past 10-13 years, Russian arms exports have found tremendous support from the Kremlin. "In such a sensitive area as the MTC, very important political support gunsmiths with the country's leadership, and they got it and receive up to now," — said the head of CAST.

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