Russia supplies Iraq with Pantsir-S1, Dzhigit air defense systems

Contemporary air defense systems delivered by Russia to Iraq will improve national security and protection of vital sites, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said.

Contemporary air defense systems delivered by Russia to Iraq will improve national security and protection of vital sites, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said.

"System operators have been trained in the manufacturing country," says a ministry report.

"Only a handful of states possess such advanced air defense systems," it emphasized.

The video clips and photographs provided by the Iraqi Defense Ministry demonstrate the Pantsir-S1 air defense missile and artillery systems and Dzhigit man-portable air defense missile launchers.

It was reported earlier that Baghdad had asked Moscow for weapons in the midst of an offensive by the radical organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and the related escalation of tensions in Iraq.

Reportedly, contracts with a value exceeding $1 billion were signed during Iraqi Defense Minister Sadun Farhan al-Dulaymi's Moscow visit this July for the delivery of a large batch of artillery armaments and ammunition.

Several Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft were supplied to Iraq in June.

Iraq ordered the delivery of Russian Mil Mi-28E and Mi-35 helicopters and Pantsir-S1 air defense artillery and missile systems with a total cost of $4.2 billion in 2013.

Russian Defense Minister Gen. of the Army Sergei Shoigu told the Iraqi counterpart on July 24, "Military-technological cooperation between our countries had been developing successfully and a relevant normative and legal foundation had been laid."

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