Military Watch: Russian Mi-28 helicopters are expected to appear at the IRGC

In October 2020, the UN arms embargo on Iran expired. Therefore, it has long been expected that Tehran will begin to purchase large volumes of weapons from Moscow, especially since both sides are strengthening ties, Military Watch writes.

The publication notes that after the appearance of information that the Iranian Air Force should receive Su-35S fighters from Russia by March 2024, rumors have intensified regarding other weapons that Iran may acquire from the Russian Federation. For example, that Russia will equip Iran with modern attack helicopters. With the rotorcraft fleet looking shabby, any change would be revolutionary.

Now Tehran has about 50 units of AH-1Js acquired from the US in the 70s. There are also several American CH-47 Chinooks from the Vietnam War. More modern examples of helicopter equipment represented by the Russian Mi-171 and a number of their own handicrafts of their own design.

Russia currently offers Mi-28 and Ka-52 attack helicopters for export, each representing a significant improvement over what Iran uses. These are modern and efficient rotorcraft of a new generation. At the same time, it is most likely that the Iranians will give preference to the Mi-28, since this helicopter is simpler and cheaper than the Ka-52.

Possessing excellent flight characteristics, the Mi-28 can carry up to 16 anti-tank missiles or 80 pieces of NUR 80 mm caliber. The last version of the Mi-28NM was used in Syria, and is now used in the NWO in Ukraine. It has an upgraded version of the fire control system, new VK-2500P engines, greater speed and is able to carry R-74 air-to-air missiles.

The Mi-28 could prove useful both for overseas operations, including supporting Iraqi forces if necessary, and for fighting insurgents at home amid signs of growing Western support for anti-government elements. But, if Iran acquires new attack helicopters, it is not clear who will operate them: the IRGC, the army, the air force or the navy

- clarified the media.

The IRGC is fanatically committed to power, bears most of the burden of operations in Iraq and Syria, controls the country's ballistic missile arsenal and a large part of the drones. However, the IRGC has very few helicopters. Mi-28 could be ideal for the needs of the IRGC. In addition, the authorities give priority to the IRGC when it comes to financing rearmament. Therefore, if Tehran does acquire attack helicopters, then the likelihood that they will end up in the IRGC is much higher than their appearance in the regular armed forces.
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  1. VAHOKA Offline VAHOKA
    VAHOKA (VAHOKA) 2 February 2023 20: 15
    Maybe it's better to sell KA 52?
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 2 February 2023 20: 29
      The buyer chooses a product. Iran turned up in time as an ally in a difficult time for the North-Eastern Military District. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. China is silent so far, does not enter into direct confrontation with the United States and is building up strength. The kneading continues, the dressing increases, the brew will not be completely brewed soon, but it will be significant, many will burn themselves from hot.
    2. svit55 Offline svit55
      svit55 (Sergey Valentinovich) 2 February 2023 20: 44
      In no case, we ourselves need the Ka-52s, but the Mi-28s need to be sold. Life (SVO) has shown who is a real combat rotorcraft.
      1. Vlad Gluhov Offline Vlad Gluhov
        Vlad Gluhov (Vlad Gluhov) 5 February 2023 11: 17
        More than 20 pieces of these "combat rotorcraft" were destroyed.
  2. Panasyuk-Pupkin Offline Panasyuk-Pupkin
    Panasyuk-Pupkin (Panasyuk-Pupkin) 2 February 2023 22: 49
    The Russian Federation has a minuscule amount of relatively modern attack helicopters and there is no truly mass production of them. Even the latest modifications of the Ka and Mi are only conditionally modern. in fact, they are forced to substitute themselves for the enemy’s army air defense. This has actually been an anachronism for a long time!
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 2 February 2023 23: 36
    Looks like noodles.
    Outside for 23 years. "In October 2020, the UN embargo expired"

    2,5 years they didn’t calve, didn’t share, and now the Mi-28 ??? When is not enough?
    oh hardly.
    Moreover, a helicopter is something that Israel, and volunteers, and Kurds, and other bearded men, can shoot down. conventional MANPADS or hand-held anti-aircraft guns. Unlike aircraft.
  4. Constantine N Offline Constantine N
    Constantine N (Constantin N) 3 February 2023 08: 53
    Iran is under pressure, maybe this is a custom article
  5. Vasya 225 Offline Vasya 225
    Vasya 225 (Vyacheslav) 3 February 2023 10: 37
    Still, the IRGC would appear near Avdiivka.
  6. whitebeard Offline whitebeard
    whitebeard 3 February 2023 16: 05
    I doubt that it makes sense now to sell weapons to Iran, we need it ourselves. And for its drones and missiles, it is better to pay with raw materials, food, etc. more abundant nishtyaks in the Russian Federation than modern weapons. Iran, if anything, can stock up on weapons from China, it will also be cheaper than ours (although the question is about characteristics). Although China may not sell, because it is afraid to spoil relations with the West. But this is still no reason to deprive your army of high-quality weapons for the sake of Iran.
  7. Vfvxa Offline Vfvxa
    Vfvxa 3 February 2023 17: 29
    It’s a pity that helmet equipment on these wings is so “good” that your flyers went blind from them in Syria.
  8. Dmitry Volkov Offline Dmitry Volkov
    Dmitry Volkov (Dmitry Volkov) 6 February 2023 21: 56
    It is better to update the flying tank, the Ka-29M, the transmission and propeller group from the Ka-52M and its avionics, and there is a cargo compartment, where it will be possible to place fuel, troops, additional weapons, there is a lot of space. I flew on one, this is a real combat helicopter, Mi-8MT, 24, 28 and did not stand nearby.
  9. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (voi) 7 February 2023 01: 24
    It was necessary to sell back in year 15. NATO would have received cabbage soup already in the Syrian region, and not reasonable goats tucked in the rolls.
  10. Watching Offline Watching
    Watching (Alex) 19 March 2023 11: 53
    Even if they themselves do not have an overabundance in helicopters, helping the only ally is a reasonable thing. The hand washes the hand, right? And it is necessary to produce new ones in any case, a real war is just around the corner. And it is better to be in it with an ally (s).