Iraq Buys F-16s, Strengthening Its Air Force


petros
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WASHINGTON—Iraq has finalized a deal to buy advanced U.S. fighter jets, the first step toward building a modern postwar air force, officials said.

Associated Press A Lockheed Martin F-6 Fighting Falcon performs during a demonstration flight at the 49th Paris Air Show at le Bourget airport in June 2011.

Iraq has yet to publicly announce completion of the deal to buy 18 F-16s, but officials in Washington said an initial payment of $1.5 billion has been received.

The deal is considered sensitive in Iraq, and the Pentagon and State Department have declined to comment until Baghdad makes a formal announcement. Iraq had plans to buy the planes earlier this year, but froze them for a time following the Arab Spring protests across the region.

The decision by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to go forward with the purchase followed an unexpected surge in government oil revenue, officials said.

Iraq has said the 18 fighters would be the country's first installment. Baghdad hopes to buy as many as 36 jets in total, pending U.S. approval.

The U.S. believes the deal will help counter Iranian influences in Iraq and cement long-term ties with Baghdad after American troops pull out.

The planes are made by Lockheed Martin Corp. Laura Siebert, a Lockheed spokeswoman, confirmed that the U.S. and Iraqi governments had agreed on the sale of 18 advanced Block 52 F-16s. "We look forward to supporting the two governments in this foreign military sales program and welcome Iraq as the 26th nation to operate the F-16," she said.

More: Iraq Completes Deal to Buy F-16s - WSJ.com
 
ironsides
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Guess we have to leave them something. Unless something drastically changes we will be supporting Iraq for a long time.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by ironsides View Post

Guess we have to leave them something. Unless something drastically changes we will be supporting Iraq for a long time.



We're leaving them a heck of a lot more than that. We are leaving behind all our vehicles... that includes M-1s.

 
petros
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Ukraine is also signed on for 2.5Bn in arms and equipment sales to Iraq. A bunch of Antanov 32s and ampphibious vehciles , APCs and various other small arms.
 
ironsides
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

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We're leaving them a heck of a lot more than that. We are leaving behind all our vehicles... that includes M-1s.



Hope were not leaving them any M-1''s prefer to see a tank like that destroyed first. Contraire to what some think here, there is no better combat proven tank in the world. Those we have in Iraq now are the latest and the greatest.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by ironsides View Post

Hope were not leaving them any M-1''s prefer to see a tank like that destroyed first. Contraire to what some think here, there is no better combat proven tank in the world. Those we have in Iraq now are the latest and the greatest.



I read an article the other day on it. Everything is being left behind and they mentioned M-1's in the article. All those Hummers, support vehicles, tanks are all going to the Iraqi Army. The same goes with all the bases... everything stays.

 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

I read an article the other day on it. Everything is being left behind and they mentioned M-1's in the article. All those Hummers, support vehicles, tanks are all going to the Iraqi Army. The same goes with all the bases... everything stays.

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That will mean **** loads of jobs in America to replace them.
 
ironsides
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack View Post

I read an article the other day on it. Everything is being left behind and they mentioned M-1's in the article. All those Hummers, support vehicles, tanks are all going to the Iraqi Army. The same goes with all the bases... everything stays.

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Oh well, I was hoping things had changed guess not, just read an article that there getting everything except some special hush hush stuff we have in place there.

Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

That will mean **** loads of jobs in America to replace them.

Hope so.
 

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