Iraq has received the last two in an order of eight Russian-made multi-purpose helicopters which cost 156 million dollars, the US army has said.
The purchase is Iraq’s latest effort to bolster the capacity of its armed forces ahead of a complete withdrawal of US forces by the end of next year, as the US military still provides much of Iraq’s transport and logistics.
The two Mi-171E helicopters were delivered to the Iraqi army’s base at Taji, 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of Baghdad, completing the order. “These Russian-made aircraft will be used to conduct a variety of missions, including counter-terrorism, airlift and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance,” the US army said in a statement.
Iraq’s fleet of multipurpose helicopters now includes eight Mi-171Es and 16 Mi-17 helicopters.
(Source: AFP, United States Forces)