Iraq has taken delivery of its first batch of Mil Mi-28NE ‘Havoc’ (Night Hunter) attack helicopters, as well as additional Mil Mi-35M ‘Hind’ assault helicopters, Russian state media announced on 2 July.

The first three Mi-28NE helicopters and four new Mi-35M helicopters arrived in-country aboard Antonov An-124 ‘Condor’ transport aircraft, a military-diplomatic source reportedly told the ITAR-TASS news agency.

The report continued that all the helicopters had been delivered in a combat configuration, and were fully night-vision capable. According to Rostvertol figures recently seen by IHS Jane’s , the Iraqi Army Aviation Command, which is part of the Iraqi Army and operates all the country’s military helicopters, is set to receive a final total of 15 Mi-28NEs and 28 Mi-35Ms. Four of the latter are already in service. […]