[Video] First flight of a new Iraqi Army Mi-28 gunship helicopter at Baghdad

The Iraqi Army test flying their brand new Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopters.

The first of three Mi-28NE gunships delivered to Iraq has been assembled and already performed a test flight.

Indeed, the following video shows the new desert camouflage-painted all-weather, day-night, two-seat anti-armor attack helicopters performing a test flight at Baghdad airport.

Iraq with equip Iraqi Army Aviation with around 40 Mi-35 (export version of the Mi-24) and Mi-28NE attack helicopters to back operations against ISIS. Along with the Russian helicopters, Baghdad will get some American F-16 Block 52 jets.

H/T Satar Aliraqi for the heads-up


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