Iraq is expecting the delivery of Russian weapons and military equipment next month, a senior Iraqi official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
“The second batch of Russian weapons will arrive in Iraq in January,” said Muhammed al-Aqili, a deputy head of the ruling faction in the Iraqi parliament.
The delivery is expected to arrive later than previously announced, reason for the delay is unknown.
Last year, Iraq signed a $4.3 billion deal with Moscow to buy Russian weapons and military equipment, including around 40 Mi-35 and Mi-28NE attack helicopters. Iraq took collection of the first four Mi-35 helicopter gunships this fall.
Iraqi officials were quoted as saying in the report that the second shipment is expected by the end of the year.
Iraq is looking to use the newly bought military materiel to bolster its borders and for use in antiterrorist operations.
The 2012 contract also envisages the purchase of 48 Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile gun systems and Ka-52 single-seat attack helicopters.
Russia is planning to quadruple its annual arms sales to $50 billion by 2020 in a race for the top spot on the global arms exporters list, a senior government official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. “Not counting inflation, I think we could reach $50 billion [in arms exports] annually by 2020,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in Moscow
Russia is planning to develop an advanced lightweight fighter jet prototype to supplement fifth-generation T-50 aircraft, a government official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The new aircraft is expected to be cheaper to produce and easier to maintain, but should also possess combat capabilities and performance characteristics comparable with those of heavy-class aircraft
Russia is testing new radar designed to detect highly maneuverable aerial targets – including cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles – at a range of up to 3,000 kilometers (over 1,800 miles), allowing it to cover most of Europe. The new-generation over-the-horizon radar, dubbed Container, was put on trial duty near the town of Kovylkino in Russias republic of Mordovia on December 2, according to RIA Novosti
Russian armed forces will conduct test flights of a drone aircraft from the United Arab Emirates early next year. The unmanned United 40 Block 5 long-range reconnaissance vehicle will be tested to assess whether it meets the militarys operational needs
Russia will launch a total of 11 military satellites by 2015, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. Speaking at a meeting on the development of the Russian satellite fleet, Putin said five military satellites have already joined Russias orbital group in 2013 and that five more will be added to it before the year is out
Russia plans to develop fully automated air defense radars and deploy them to the Arctic, a senior aerospace defense official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. “We are significantly cutting the number of service personnel operating air defense equipment,” Maj
The Iraq Air Force reportedly received over a dozen of Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack aircrafts from Russia to reinforce its forces in their battle against militant offensive. In a video released on Wednesday by the defense ministry, three Sukhois shown landing are likely from Iran, media reports reported
Michael Baker International has been awarded contracts worth total $838 million to support Iraq's purchase of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft under the US foreign military sales (FMS) programme. Under the contracts, the company will provide design, engineering, construction, and other services to support the deployment of the aircraft at Balad Air Base, Iraq, over the next three years
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