Iraq receives first F-16 fighters in 2014

USA will give Iraq the first batch of fighter F-16IQ Fighting Falcon in September 2014, Defense News reported citing official U.S. military officials. Precise size of the first batch of aircraft was not specified. In total, Iraq must receive 36 American fighters, purchased in August and December 2011 for a total amount of 5.3 billion dollars.

In addition to aircraft Iraq also should obtain additional equipment and weapons to the F-16. All fighters will be delivered to the customer in a stripped-down compared with Block 50/52 versions are different, namely, a feeble radar APG-68 (v) 9 and older versions of missiles AIM-9L/M-8/9 Sidewinder, AIM-7M- F1 / H Sparrow and AGM-65D/G/H/K Maverick.

According to Defense News, the true time Iraq acquired the U.S. arms and military equipment worth a total of 12 billion dollars. It is a question of armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, tanks and fighter planes. In addition, the South American military will have to train Iraqi troops. Iraqi Ministry of Defense is also interested in buying the U.S. radar and air defense systems.

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