Mi-24/Mi-35 Hind

New Helicopters Delivered to Libyan National Army

Four new helicopters gunships have been delivered to the Libya National Army (LNA). They are believed to have arrived in Marj on April 26. The Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopters appear to have been delivered from the United Arab Emirates. The news source also noted that the helicopters were not the only arms delivery to the […]

Officials: Islamic State Group Downs Iraqi Chopper

Islamic State group militants armed with a rocket launcher shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter Friday in the country’s north, authorities said, highlighting their ability attack aircraft as a U.S.-led coalition expands its efforts to combat the extremists. Fighters downed the Mi-35 helicopter between the towns of Beiji and al-Senniyah in northern Iraq, an […]

Islamic State Group Downs Iraqi Attack Helicopter

Islamic State group militants armed with a rocket launcher shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter Friday, killing two pilots and raising new worries about their ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led airstrikes. The Mi-35 helicopter crashed outside the town of Beiji, 200 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad and home to Iraq’s largest […]

Russia Supplies 3rd Batch of Mi-35 Helicopters to Iraq

Third batch of Russian Mi-35 helicopters was delivered to Iraq on Thursday, Iraqi Defense Ministry said at its official website. The report said the Mi-35’s are universal combat aircraft carrying high-precision and rapid-fire weapons. The main combat task the helicopters, the number of which is not specified, will be fulfilling will be to deliver airstrikes […]

Putin Vows To Boost Arms Sales To Egypt’s Sisi

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday promised Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speed up the delivery of billions of dollars in arms and invited Cairo to forge free trade ties with a Moscow-led customs bloc. The two strong-willed leaders have developed a warm working relationship since Putin gave his backing to Sisi’s presidential run […]

Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighters jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq’s defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive. “A number of contracts with Iraq have entered into force and are being fulfilled,” the Interfax news agency quoted a source in Russia’s defense export […]

Iraq Receives First Mi-28NE Attack Helos Alongside Additional Mi-35Ms

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 […]

Amid Militant Attacks, Iraq Eyes Czech Choppers

The Czech Republic is in talks to possibly sell military helicopters to Iraq’s government, which is struggling with a militant uprising. Defense Ministry spokesman Jan Pejsek says Iraqi officials expressed interest in buying up to 40 Russian-made Mi-24 helicopters when negotiating a different contract to buy 12 Czech-made L-159 light combat planes. Pejsek says the […]

Russia to Fulfill All Military Contract Obligations with Iraq

All the military contract obligations with Iraq will be fulfilled, Igor Sevastyanov, the head of the Russian delegation to the Eurosatory 2014 international defense and security exhibition and deputy director of Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport told journalists Wednesday. “Everything that has been signed will be carried out in accordance with the contractual agreements, except for […]

Iraqi Abrams Losses Revealed

The armour on five of Iraq’s M1A1 Abrams tanks was penetrated by anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and six helicopters were shot down between 1 January and the end of May, The New York Times quoted an unnamed US official as saying on 13 June. The official said 28 Iraqi Army Abrams had been damaged in fighting with […]

Iraqi Military’s Lack of Airpower Enabling ISIS’s Advance

This week’s stunning advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) presents some serious questions about the legitimacy of Iraqi security forces (ISF) and Washington’s policy of giving billions in military aid to troubled Middle Eastern governments. Since the fall of Fallujah in early January, the Iraqi military has failed to put down the […]