Last October, Russia and Iraq announced a $4.2 billion contract for the delivery of 30 Mi-28NE attack helicopters and 50 Pantsir-S1 gun-missile, short-range, air defense systems.
The announcement was made during a meeting between Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev. The deal would be Russia's largest since 2006.
Shortly thereafter, Iraq announced that the deal had been put on hold pending review. In November, Iraq’s acting Defense Minister Sadun Al-Dulaymi denied reports that the deal had been cancelled due to corruption.
The Mil Mi-28NE Havoc is a tandem, all-weather, day-night, two-seat, attack helicopter with:
- a length of 17 m
- a rotor diameter of 17.2 m
- a height of 4.7 m
- an empty weight of 8600 kg
- a maximum takeoff weight of 11500 kg
- a maximum speed of 320 km/hr
- a ferry range of 1100 km
- a ceiling of 5700 m
The Mi-28NE can be fitted with up to 16 Ataka anti-tank, thermobaric or other guided air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, unguided rockets and a 30 mm gun mounted beneath the chin.
The Pantsir-S1 from the KBP Design Bureau is a mobile, short-to-medium range, air defense system fitted with:
- 2 x 6 radio-command guided, 57E6 surface-to-air missiles with a range of up to 20 km and an altitude of 15 km
- two dual 2A38M 30 mm guns with a range of up to 4 km