Iraq’s army aviation has received a new batch of Mi-28NE attack helicopters from Russia. In October 2012, it was reported that Russia and Iraq may sign a $4.2–$5.0 billion weapons contract, including 30 Mi-28N helicopters.
The deal was confirmed on 9 October. The first contract for 10 Mi-28NE helicopters for Iraq will begin delivery in September 2013.
On June 3, spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command Yahya Rasul Zubaidi said that Russian-made helicopters including the “Night Hunter” (NATO reporting name Havoc), used by the Iraqi army had demonstrated their effectiveness during the offensive in the city of Fallujah against Islamic State, a terrorist organization banned in Russia, the United States and many other countries.
The ministry also said that the “Night Hunter” helicopters had increased maneuverability and targeting precision of the Iraqi army.
Mi-28NE is a highly effective new-generation helicopter, designed for combat missions in any circumstances. The helicopter is designed to take part in operations against tanks, infantry combat vehicles and armoured personnel carriers among other targets.