Russia will supply over 10 fully armed and equipped Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq under a multi-billion dollar agreement, a representative of the country’s state arms exporter told RIA Novosti.
Russia and Iraq signed a $4.3 billion agreement on cooperation in the defense and technology sector last year, and this is the first time the number of Night Hunters under the contract has been disclosed.
Alexander Mikheyev, deputy general director at state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said the helicopter contract also covered pilot and technical personnel training and the delivery of essential weapons systems.
This is the first contract with Iraq under the package agreement, he added.
Original article: The Moscow Times
According to Russian Helicopters, the Mi-28NE attack helicopter is designed to carry out search-and-destroy operations against tanks, armored vehicles and personnel; to destroy protected sites and defense installations; to fly search-and-destroy operations against boats and other small naval vessels; and to combat low-speed and low-altitude enemy aircraft. The Mi-28NE is fitted with an integrated avionics suite that allows NOE flight on auto-pilot at night and in adverse conditions.