Iraqi F-16s $165 Million Each

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  1. SpArK

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    Sticker Shock: Iraqi F-16s $165 Million Each






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    September 28, 2011


    Think of it as a military-industrial complex two-fer -- first we invade Iraq, eight years later we're selling it F-16s. "Iraq has now made its first transfer payment for the purchase of 18 F-16 fighter aircraft," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday. "These aircraft are going to help provide air sovereignty for Iraq and to protect its territory and deter or counter regional threats." They represent "the cornerstone of the kind of cooperation that we hope to have in the future to support the secure, peaceful, democratic development of Iraq."






    Iraqi jet jockeys can't wait. "It was a dream come true to fly in the F-16," Iraqi air force Brigadier General Ali al-Aaragy said after taking one of the fighters for a test ride at Arizona's Luke Air Force Base nearly three years ago. The first flock of F-16s is slated to arrive in Iraq in 2014. The U.S. is selling Iraq 18 of the "low end" of the Pentagon's famed "high-low mix" -- F-15s were the more costly "high end." But these 18 F-16s are no bargain.




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    The planes are going to cost $3 billion (extra spares and services could drive the total cost to $4.2 billion). That base price, without the options, works out to more than $165 million a plane -- more than the current estimated $154 million price tag on the much more modern -- so-called fifth generation -- F-35. (The Pentagon stopped buying F-16s back in 1995; it paid an average of $17 million per plane).




    The good news is the deal will likely keep the Lockheed's F-16 plant in Fort Worth running perhaps a year longer. The bad news is that only 70% of Iraqis have access to clean water, and only 25% have clean sanitation.




    Read more: Sticker Shock: Iraqi F-16s $165 Million Each - Battleland - TIME.com
     
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    As I said, Arabs are born dumb asses ! 165 million dollars for 16 million dollar plane ! LOL
     
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    :pound: :pound:

    Nothing is free especially when a foreign country invades you on the pretense of good intentions.
     
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    It is good Boeing and Lockmart were kicked out of the MMRCA. The way American diplomats reacted after American companies were kicked out shows what kind of "alliance" America wants. They will keep handing goodies to Pakistan, and India on an American weapons diet will make a South Asian arms race an American money cow.
     
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    Especially when it is US. They'll invade you, make 1000 times more money than they put in invasion. Hold you in debt for rest of your existence.

    And yet they are doing all this for world peace :nod:
     
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    And democracy...

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    Booyeah !
     
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    Just wait till they sell some to libya. I wont bash US too much because they are doing whats in there interest but what is iraqi govt doing ?
     
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    Iraqis are so dumb, or so corrupt. We are getting ready to sell off UAE's M2000-9s after the contract and Iraq was going to get a discount for the fighters we owed them.
     
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    Most probably they are sold to American contractors. Or maybe, US made Iraqi Govt sign some sub-clause agreements after reconstruction putting restriction to buy from them only. We never know.

    I am not cynical towards US either. Just telling how it is. Rest assured, its iraqi money. They can buy whatever hell they want for any price.
     

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