Ukraine has provided the supply to Iraq of the fourth of the six light transport An-32, which are collected in Kiev under the contract to supply the Iraqi employer Ukrainian military equipment worth more than $ 550 million Aircraft landed at Baghdad airport on Wednesday at 19:00. The plane was met by Command of the Armed Forces and the Iraqi Air Force in Iraq.
The first two AN-32s were delivered to the customer in 2011, in November and December. Still, a third aircraft was handed over to Iraq in early April. The remaining two AN-32, according to state-owned companies should be transferred to the customer in May and June.
An-32 has excellent maneuverability and is capable of taking off and landing on unpaved runways with a short runway and high airfields, located at an altitude of 4500 m above sea level and is equipped with devices for automatic loading and unloading.
In 2009, a subsidiary of state-owned companies Ukrspecexport — SOE "specialized foreign trade firm Progress has signed a contract with Iraq for more than $ 550 million, which is supposed to be one of the upcoming series of agreements in the field of military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and Iraq.
The contract provides for the supply of 420 units of 3-3.5 years BTR-4 ($ 457.5 million), 6 light transport aircraft An-32, as well as carrying out repair services of aircraft.
Earlier it was reported that in 2011, Ukraine has maintained its 12th position among the leading arms exporters. The volume of exports of primary Ukrainian arms to $ 484 million