Iraq signs a new contract with Russia for the delivery of military equipment including TOS-1A 310714


Defence & Security News - Iraq

Thursday, July 31, 2014 00:26 AM
Iraq signs a new contract with Russia for the delivery of military equipment including TOS-1A.
According the newspaper "Vedomosti", Iraq has signed a new contract with Russia for the supply of weapons and military equipment for an amount around one billion dollars. An agreement was signed during the visit of the Iraqi Defense Minister, Saadoun al-Dulaimi in Moscow, July 27, 2014.

The newspaper quoted on sources in the Russian military-industrial complex confirmed that “during a visit by an Iraqi delegation to Moscow last week under the chairmanship of the Minister of Defense Saadoun al-Dulaimi, contracts were signed worth more than one billion dollars relating to the supply of large batches of Russian arms to Iraq, including artillery systems, guns mortar and ammunition, including 4 rocket launchers, model of “TOS-1A"

The TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system is intended for direct fire support of advancing infantry and main battle tanks. This system is very similar to multiple launch rocket systems, however it fires different types of rockets and has a shorter firing range.

Russia could supply to Iraq, a total of two of three division of Grad BM-21 multiple launch rocket systems and 2S19 self-propelled howitzers. Iraqi government will also increase the military cooperation with Russia.

In October 2012, Iraqi government has taken delivery of Russian military equipment for a total amount of $4.2 billion. This contract includes the supply of 36 attack helicopters and 42 anti-aircraft missile systems Pantsir-S1.

In June 2014, Iraq urgently purchased five fighter aircraft Su-25. Russia also negotiates the delivery of 10 fighter aircraft Su-27 and Mig-29M and several armoured vehicles. The total amount of this contract with Iraq could reach six billion dollars.

Today, the most important supplier of military equipment to Baghdad is United States, with a total of signed contracts for more than $12 billion.