Taken at Rostov on Don plant, the photographs show Baghdad’s new attack choppers in the color scheme chosen by the Iraqi Air Force.
With the help of Akram Kharief, the editor of Secret Difa 3, a blog focusing on defense topics in the Maghreb region, we can show you the first images of the brand new Mi-28 Havoc helicopter on delivery to Iraq.
According to the Kharief, 23 Russian attack choppers have been delivered to the Iraqis, the first batch of 10, in September 2013 and the second of 13 examples, in January 2014.
With the delivery of the Mi-28s Iraq has become the third country (with Russia and Kenya) to operate the all-weather, day-night, two-seat anti-armor attack helicopter (whose export version is known as Mi-28NE) destined to replace the Mi-24 Hind in Russian service.
Iraq expects to give its Special Forces the support of around 40 Mi-35 (export version of the Mi-24) and Mi-28NE attack helicopters from Russia that will be used for border patrol and antiterrorist operations: a powerful armada for such a “basic” role.
Image credit: Secret Difa 3
it looks like just a mangusta/tiger II/apache/cobra
I’d call it classic example of form follows function. If you look at things the general design of attack helos has settled on variations of a slim body with tandem cockpit, chin cannon and wings to carry missiles . The Vietnam war era Bell AH-1 Cobra pretty much set the type standard.
Maybe it’s the quality of the photos but i have the impression that the paint job is a bit “second class”.
I sure hope the Russians gave the Iraqis better countermeasures against MANPADs than they gave the Syrians. Seems like every week we get a video of an SAF heli tumbling to the ground in a ball of fire.
good diversification for the Iraqi military