Moscow, Baghdad Sign Huge Arms Deal

Authored by Peter Korzun via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only «the number of tanks is substantial». Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the deal might cover deliveries of several hundred T-90 tanks, and that the contract may exceed $1 billion.

The T-90 is among the best-selling tanks in the world. Hundreds of vehicles have been sold to India, Algeria, Azerbaijan and other countries. A small number of tanks has been delivered to Syria to reinforce the military’s capabilities of combatting Islamic State (IS). Kuwait, Vietnam and Egypt are considering the option of purchasing T-90s.

Known for its firepower, enhanced protection and mobility, the T-90 features a smoothbore 2A46M 125mm main gun that can fire both armor-piercing shells and anti-tank missiles and the 1A45T fire-control system. Standard protective measures include sophisticated armor, ensuring all-round protection of the crew and critical systems, including Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor and active infrared jammers to defend the T-90 from inbound rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and other projectiles.

During the battle for Aleppo, Syria, a T-90 was hit by US-made BGM-71 TOW missile. The direct impact caused no damage

The agreement to purchase the tanks was also confirmed by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. The T-90s will reinforce the Iraqi M1A1 Abrams fleet damaged in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militants. The decision to buy the Russian tanks was prompted by the successful performance of T-90s in Syria. During the battle for Aleppo, Syria, a T-90 was hit by US-made BGM-71 TOW missile. The direct impact caused no damage. For comparison, in October last year, an M1 Abrams was hit by a 9M133 Kornet anti-tank missile at the Qurayyah crossroads south of Mosul. The missile rammed into the turret from behind to make the ammunition compartment explode.

In 2014-2016, Iraq received 15 Mi-28 NE Night Hunter attack helicopters from Russia. The delivery was part of a wider $4.2 billion defense package signed in 2012. The deal included a combination of 43 Mi-35 (28) and Mi-28NE (15) attack helicopters, plus 42-50 Pantsir-S1 combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapons systems. The contract was fulfilled in October, 2016, as the attack helicopters and anti-aircraft systems had been delivered to the Iraqi military.

In 2014, Russia urgently sent several Su-25 aircraft upon the request of Iraqi government when the country’s military was losing ground during the IS offensive. The Iraqi military also uses Russia-produced TOS-1A Buratino heavy flamethrowers, Grad truck-mounted 122mm multiple rocket launchers, 152mm MSTA howitzers, Su-25 attack planes and armored vehicles.

Russia-made weapons were widely used in the battle for Mosul. One of the systems vastly used in the operation was TOS-1A 220mm 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on the T-72 tank chassis designed for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications, in open country, and in lightly armored vehicles and transport. It can fire incendiary and thermobaric rockets. The munitions disperse a cloud of flammable liquid into the air around the target, and then ignite it to produce an explosion significantly longer and stronger in comparison to a conventional warhead. This is an effective weapon to strike terrorists hidden in bunkers and caves. Iraqi Russia-made Mi-28 and Mi-35 helicopters also effectively launched attacks against IS positions in Mosul.

A joint Baghdad-based Russia-Iraq-Iran-Syria operational center was established in 2015 to exchange intelligence and coordinate activities against terrorists. Iraq has allowed the Russian Air Space Forces to use its airspace for airstrikes against Islamists in Syria.

Trade turnout between the two countries is roughly $2 billion, mostly made up of Russian exports. In early 2016, a delegation of nearly 100 government and business officials headed by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, visited Iraq to boost cooperation on all spheres. The officials signed a wide-ranging memorandum of understanding that included measures to more than double bilateral trade and boost Iraq's electricity production, which only meets around 60 percent of its peak demand during the hot summer months. The head of the delegation said Russia was ready to sell Sukhoi Superjet civil airliners to Iraq and keep providing it with military aid to fight Islamic State. Moscow has invested millions of dollars in Iraq's energy sector.

Moscow and Baghdad are in talks on opening of a direct air line between Baghdad and Moscow and the abolition of visas for diplomats.

The US still has large influence in Iraq but it does not own it. The impressive performance of Russian weapons in Syria makes them in high demand among the countries facing the terrorist threat. The tank deal between Russia and Iraq reflects the trend. It also serves as an example of Russia’s growing clout in the Middle East and North Africa.


Bobbyrib Never One Roach Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:53 Permalink

Tapped out? No, we found they're not as easy to manipulate and have stopped paying them for the service of being a puppet government. Janet can print another trillion tomorrow and the dollar will rise in value. In the age of Keynesian economics, the idiots who insert the most government stimulus into the economy has their currency rise. You see the Euro's rise in value since Draghi announced they will not stop the stimulus program?

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Never One Roach Bobbyrib Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:38 Permalink

So, Mr Bremer, where did all the money go?  At the end of the Iraq war, vast sums of money were made available to the US-led provisional authorities, headed by Paul Bremer, to spend on rebuilding the country. By the time Bremer left the post eight months later, $8.8bn of that money had disappeared. Ed Harriman on the extraordinary scandal of Iraq's missing billions.... doesn't Muller look into bremer's swiss bank account?

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Yog Soggoth Never One Roach Sat, 07/22/2017 - 19:51 Permalink

Hmmn, Katrina gone in Aug - Bush arrives for New Orleans tour - Sep 11, 2005, Mueller gives lip service in FBI — Director Mueller Stresses Partnerships at 2005 IACP ...  Bremer was doing bad things. I would have to say that Mueller is part of the gang. With an infamous name like Harriman I would have to say that he was trying to clear his common name from the bad actions of the American progenitors of Nazi Germany.

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Freddie Never One Roach Sat, 07/22/2017 - 20:04 Permalink

Bremer was deeply involved in 9/11.Some of the bi8ggest scum and LBJ, Obama and McCain/Jeff Flake zio supporters are General Dynamics Crowne/Krinsky crime family.  Freinds of Meyer Lansky.  Got LBJ into office for F-111.  Their Abrams M-1 is junk.The Russian stuff is much cheaper and more effecxtive than US stuff.  The US defense contractors have to grease a lot of palms including Congressman and Senators.McCain must be furious.Why would the Iraqis buy US stuff after the US destroyed the country and murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis over WMD and other Yinon lies.

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SILVERGEDDON MsCreant Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:44 Permalink

Nice bit of propaganda. Side turret hit above the belt line on the Russian tank, glancing blow on the reactive armor, and if it had no effect, why is a crew member bailing out as fast as he can ?Abrams gets hit from behind, weak point, so kaboom. Same thing would happen if a trained crew targeted the weak point of the Russian tank.  All that shit can be destroyed regardless of who builds it. The only winner in conflict is the weapons seller.  

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Yog Soggoth finametrics Sat, 07/22/2017 - 22:38 Permalink

Not getting into the who's military verbal fray, but monetarily Russia has the advantage with the Ruble and the shipping costs. This article also does not show all the Russian investments or their Allies. Most people do not realize what is about to happen to the World's currencies. That is a huge game changer. Not confirming the translated reports of a huge vein of gold found by satellite (true/false), but could the Russians be trading in a new inside contract already?

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Rick Cerone Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:26 Permalink

Russia and China control the Silk Road. Israel is toast.World to boycott Israel when they clean Gaza of the filthy Pals.US is a party to many genocides too.

AGuy MalteseFalcon Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:56 Permalink

"As the USA recedes from MENA, look for Israel to pivot to Russia and China."

I don't see that happening anytime soon. The US is still moving troops & hardware in. Pentagon wants to increase troops, and the KSA just bought $300+ Billion in US hardware.

"This won't be publicly known until well after the USA"

That is when WW3 begins.

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MuffDiver69 Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:26 Permalink

First the idiot W and then traitor Obama....Couldn't have gone better for Russia, Iran and it only cost five thousand dead and multiple more crippled American soldiers to accomplish...Assholes...

Anteater MuffDiver69 Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:34 Permalink

But it gave Trump-Kushner and their Luciferian Satanist Wehrmacht theprofit-center opening they needed to grift $112,000,000,000 worth ofUS arms to the al-Saud terrorist state, then send 20,000 more of oursons and daughters in uniform off to the Great Sandbox for hostages,and hire 25,000 more permanent Fed agents to keep all of US in line.We must be getting our national defense strategy from Israeli's now."You're gonna have a migraine from all the whining!"

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scraping_by Bobbyrib Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:45 Permalink

Actually, the Trumpistas are getting down the technique of using dramatic stories to cover policy shifts. The murder of three Green Berets last year got pushed just before they cut off arms supplies to our terrorists in Syria. And the latest one was the Turkish government's public announcement of US bases in Syrian territory. Look for a pullback of all those boots on the ground that were never supposed to be there.And because we can always dream, the next story about Saudi's financial, logistic, and ideological support for Islamic terrorism might lead to the real enemy becoming a target. But that's a lot to dream.

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AGuy scraping_by Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:59 Permalink

"Green Berets last year got pushed just before they cut off arms supplies to our terrorists in Syria"

Still doing a buildup NATO troops in Syria. It appears they "may" be switching from using ISIS to take out Assad, to using NATO troops to do the job instead. The US won't leave until Syria is the next Libya.

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BarkingCat AGuy Sat, 07/22/2017 - 17:44 Permalink

Russia was not actively involved in Libya. In Syria they are.It is probably a delicate balance for them.They don't want to face the US, but also cannot afford to back down.If they back down in Syria, they will have the likes of Nuland stirring shit up within their borders soon after,  and probably "US peace keepers" moving in to "protect local population". Maybe the initial target will be a friendly country. For example flipping Belarus like was done with Ukraine. Belarus has been called the last dictatorship in Europe, so a perfect target for liberation.

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