An AH-64D Longbow Apache, the E-type is the improved version (Image © Boeing)

Iraq chooses Russian helos over Apaches

An AH-64D Longbow Apache, the E-type is the improved version (Image © Boeing)
An AH-64D Longbow Apache, the E-type is the improved version (Image © Boeing)

The government of Iraq apparently has chosen Russian made attack helicopters over the American-made Apaches. According to sources within the Pentagon the Iraqi leadership doesn’t seem eager to take Washington’s offer to buy 24 AH-64Es, the most advanced version of the famous McDonnell Douglas designed and currently Boeing owned attack helicopter.

Russia is delivering 36 Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunters (NATO-name Havoc) for 4.2 billion US dollars to Iraq, with at least half of the order already delivered. Furthermore, Iraq is receiving up to 40 Mi-35Ms (the newest Hind-E) and maybe 7 ex-Czech armed forces Mi-24s (Nato-name Hind). The US government was hoping to sell Iraq the 24 AH-64Es for 4.8 billion. The higher price-tag for fewer machines might have been a reason why Baghdad didn’t go ahead with accepting this offer.

According to US sources the Apache offer to Iraq lasted until the end of August. No word yet if the offer will be extended or made again.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

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