Contracted to supply to Iraq 18 more F-16 BLOCK 52

Contracted to supply to Iraq 18 more F-16 BLOCK 52
Iraq ordered a second batch of fighter Lockheed Martin F-16IQ cost 830 million dollars, reports stardefense.blogspot.in. Contract stresses zeal to make Iraq in the coming years after the end of combat-capable air force the withdrawal of U.S. troops in December 2011.

First contract to supply to Iraq of 18 F-16s Block 52 was concluded in December 2011 as part of a package deal price of 4.3 billion dollars. New acquisition emphasizes that the United States remain as before the main genpostavschikom best guns in Iraq, despite the ongoing negotiations with the Russian Federation and the Czech Republic in the implementation of tools for the sum of 5.2 billion dollars.

During his visit to Russia in October 2012, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (Nouri al-Maliki), it was reported that Iraq has the opportunity to purchase MiG-29M/M2 fighters, 30 attack helicopters Mi-28N and 31 air defense system » carapace C-1. «

During a visit at the same time in Prague Maliki announced that the contract for the purchase of 28 Czech учебно-тренировочных/легких stormtroopers L-159 production Aero Vodochody.

But these statements on transactions with the role of the Russian Federation and the Czech Republic were made to exert pressure on the U.S. to accelerate the delivery of one party F-16 fighters and other South American army equipment.

By batch transaction cost 10.9 billion dollars and concluded in August 2008, Iraq received or will receive 6 transport aircraft Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (third aircraft delivered in December 2012, the other three machines will be transferred in 2013) 25 reconnaissance / attack helicopters, Bell 407 (according to some data, in 2009-13 years. delivered 30 helicopters Bell 407 — approx. VI)), 140 M1A1 tanks production General Dynamics Land Systems (first 11 cars delivered in August 2010, 2011 delivered to the tank 63, the last 5 tanks were in the midst of August 2011 — approx. VI) and 160 armored Guardian production Textron Marine and Land Systems (just put 225 AFV M1117 Guardian — approx. VI).

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