Russia proposes Iraq its S-400 air defense system

Russia has proposed Iraq the S-400 air defense system to protect its airspace, RIA Novosti reported this week, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Russia proposes Iraq its S 400 air defense system
S-400 air defense system displayed at Army-2019 near Kubinka (Picture source: Army Recognition)

According to the report, the Iraqi military may purchase the Russian S-400 system after it was offered to them to “ensure the country’s sovereignty and reliable protection of airspace.”

"Iraq is a partner of Russia in the field of military-technical cooperation, and the Russian Federation can supply the necessary funds to ensure the sovereignty of the country and reliable protection of airspace, including the supply of S-400 missiles and other components of the air defense system, such as Buk-M3, Tor -M2 “and so on,” a member of the Public Council for the Russian Ministry of Defense said, as quoted by Avia.Pro. A few months ago, Iraq was already seriously mulling the possibility of acquiring the S-400 but renounced after pressure from the U.S. If Iraq were to acquire the S-400 system, however, they would be the second country in the Middle East to have this air defense equipment in their arsenal.