Iraq has taken delivery of five Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft from Russia and Belarus, according to reports this weekend. Prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki announced the delivery of fighter jets from Russia in an interview with BBC Arabic earlier this week. The Frogfoots will be used to counter ISIS militants in the northwest of the country.
The YouTube video below apparently shows a Antonov An-124 delivering a Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot to Iraq. It is not unlikely the aircraft will be flown be Russian pilots. ‘God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists’ dens’, Al-Maliki said to the BBC.
In the same interview, the Iraqi PM complained about the slow delivery of 36 Lockheed Martin F-16s on order. The first aircraft was delivered on 5 June 2014, but it remains in the US. First delivery flight to Iraq is expected only in September.
However, Iraq has been building up a sizable air force over the last years. It is now said to be also negotiating a deal with Czech LOM Praha about the delivery of former Czech Air Force Mi-24 Hinds.
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