Russia sending first 10 attack helicopters to Iraq

June 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

MOSCOW, June 28 (UPI) -- Russia will ship 10 fully armed attack helicopters to Iraq as part of a $4.3 billion agreement between the two countries, officials said.

Under the agreement Russia and Iraq signed in October, Russia is to supply Iraq with 30 of its Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters and 50 Pantsyr-S1 gun-missile short-range air defense systems, RIA Novosti reported May 31.

The deal had been suspended for a time by Iraqi authorities who suspect several officials of taking kickbacks. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in March the countries revised the deal, allowing deliveries to begin.

The Russian news agency said Friday was the first time officials disclosed how many helicopters would be sent in the initial delivery.

The contract also covers pilot and technical personnel training, officials said.

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