Iraq's seen as major arms buyer by 2020

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    Iraq's seen as major arms buyer by 2020


    The Iraqi government is spending billions of dollars to restore the country's military power but analysts say arms purchases won't peak until 2020.And Baghdad, angry about the slow delivery of U.S. weapons systems, may well switch the emphasis of its procurement program to Russia, the Czech Republic and possibly even China, to speed up amassing firepower for its military forces


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    Oxford Analytica observed in a new assessment Wednesday that the United States, hitherto post-Saddam Hussein Iraq's main arms supplier, "will face stiffer international competition from Russian, Former Soviet Union, European and Asians arms vendors in coming years."

    "Iraq is unlikely to represent a very large opportunity for defense sales until it has met more pressing spending commitments and increased the government's capacity to raise and spend larger investment budgets," Oxford Analytica observed in an assessment published Wednesday.

    Oil-rich Iraq "will only become a very lucrative defense market after 2020, when it could be one of the top opportunities in the global defense sector."

    The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will showcase Iraq's resurgent military during an Army Day parade Sunday as it continues to negotiate a $5.2 billion arms package from Russia and the Czech Republic, unveiled Oct. 9 when Maliki visited Moscow.

    This marked a major shift from U.S. weapons systems, which have dominated postwar military procurement since it got under way in 2005.

    The United States has either delivered or is evaluating arms sales to Iraq totaling $19 billion. These include 36 Lockheed Martin F-16IQ Block 52 fighter jets, enough for two squadrons.

    The F-16s will be new Iraqi air force's first combat aircraft and will be equipped with advanced missile and laser-guided bomb systems. Baghdad's Defense Ministry says it wants 96 of the jets spread over four orders. The first batch is expected to be operational by 2015.

    Lockheed Martin delivered the third of six C-130J Super Hercules Transports to Iraq in mid-December. The others are scheduled for delivery this year.

    The transports are part of a $10 billion arms signed in August 2008 that also includes 25 Bell attack helicopters armed with Lockheed Martin laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, 140 upgraded Abrams main battle tanks built by General Dynamics Land Systems and 160 Guardian armored security vehicles manufactured by Textron Marine and Land Systems.

    The $4.2 billion Russian deal involves an unspecified number of MiG-29M/M2 interceptors, 30 Mil Mi-28N all-weather, anti-armor attack helicopters and 42 Pantsir S-1 air-defense missile systems.

    Maliki is also reported to have signed up to buy 28 L-159 Alca advanvec trainer/light attack aircraft built by the Czech Republic's Aero Vodochody when he visited Prague in October.

    That deal is worth an estimated $1 billion, although both the Russian and Czech agreements apparently remain unsigned despite October reports they'd been wrapped up.

    There has been wide speculation that Maliki is using the threat of major arms deals with Moscow and Prague to prod the Americans to meet his repeated demand to accelerate delivery of the U.S. systems he has ordered.

    Under the first F-16 contract in 2009, Washington agreed to deliver the initial batch of 18 jets by March 2011. This was postponed to March 2013.

    These complaints, which Arab sources say have become quite strident, are linked to concerns in Baghdad that it may have to engage in combat with independence-minded Kurds in northern Iraq.

    That may have been why the Americans delayed the first F-16 delivery, because they don't want to see Iraq, which neighbors Iran and Saudi Arabia, fragment into sectarian fiefdoms.

    Deliveries of the Abrams under a $900 million deal are also lagging.

    In this regard, the Czech L-159 aircraft would be ideal for counter-insurgency operations against Kurdistan's famed Peshmerga fighters.

    Presumably, Baghdad could accelerate its military procurement program if major internal fighting erupts, and analysts suspect it may go for Russian T-90 tanks which Moscow tried to sell Maliki in October.

    Oxford Analytica says Maliki is keen to diversify military purchases "away from excessive reliance on the United States."

    Iraq "seeks to achieve 'strategic independence' between 2016 and 2020, when it aims to be able to defend its international borders without external support.

    "Yet in reality, Iraqi military power will remain anemic compared to its neighbors until at least 2025."


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    for $19 billion.from US

    36 Lockheed Martin F-16IQ Block 52 fighter jets, Is that too costly or with Some more weapons

    and they looking for 100 of F 16 Bl 52 ....

    $ 10 billions....From US

    they Have THREE C 130J and three more delivered in This Year

    25 Bell attack helicopters armed with Lockheed Martin laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles may be AH1Z Viper or Cobra

    140 upgraded Abrams MBT

    160 Guardian armored security vehicles

    The $4.2 billion Russian deal

    May be 10 or more MiG-29M/M2 interceptors,
    30 Mil Mi-28N Night Hawk I Thing
    42 Pantsir S-1 Very advance Short Range air-defense missile systems.

    $1 Billion from Czech

    28 L-159 Alca advanvec trainer/light attack aircraft



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    Heared Somewhere that they Looking for Mi 17 V5 and T 90 Tanks also ...


    Well Setuped Defense I thing :doh::doh::doh::doh:
     
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    The F-16 deal has to be one of the worst in history.
     
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    Iraq to Get Russian Weapons by June - Minister


    Russia will deliver attack helicopters and air-defense systems to Iraq before the summer, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Monday.


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    Delivery of the Russian arms will start as soon as financial matters are dealt with, he added.

    “I believe the first arms deliveries from Russia to Iraq will start before the beginning of the summer at the latest,” he said in an interview with Golos Rossii Radio.

    Concerning Iraq’s plans to buy Lochkeed Martin F-16 fighters from the United States, Zebari said Iraq “has no problems with the Americans on this deal.”

    “Deliveries are due to begin in 2014,” he said.

    In November, Iraq’s acting Defense Minister Sadun Al-Dulaymi denied reports that Bagdad was annulling a $4.2 billion arms deal with Russia over concerns about possible corruption.

    Russia and Iraq had announced an agreement to deliver Russian Mi-28NE attack helicopters and Pantsyr mobile air-defense systems following October’s visit to Moscow by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, during which he met his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev.

    An Iraqi government spokesman announced shortly afterwards that the deal was on hold pending a review. "When Maliki returned from his trip to Russia, he had some suspicions of corruption, so he decided to review the whole deal. There is an investigation going on, on this," the spokesman told AFP.

    At the time the arms deal was announced in October, the Russian press had hailed it as the country’s largest since 2006.

    Under the deal, Moscow is to supply 30 Mil Mi-28NE night/all-weather capable attack helicopters, and 50 Pantsyr-S1 gun-missile short-range air defense systems.


    Iraq to Get Russian Weapons by June - Minister | World | RIA Novosti
     
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    Iraq signs $830 million deal for more F-16s


    Amid growing concerns the Middle East faces major security threats, Iraq has ordered a second batch of Lockheed Martin F-16IQ fighters worth $830 million.


    The contract underlines Iraq's drive to give its postwar air force a combat capability in the next few years following the U.S. military withdrawal completed in December 2011.

    The U.S.-trained air force is expected to start taking delivery of 18 F-16 Block 52 jets ordered under a $4.3 billion deal in December 2011 sometime this year and pilots are already being trained to fly the supersonic aircraft by the U.S. Air Force in Nevada.

    But it's unlikely the Iraqi air force, which reportedly seeks a final inventory at least 96 F-16s, will have an operational combat capability of any kind until 2015.

    The new purchase underlines that the United States remains Iraq's main supplier of advanced weapons, despite ongoing negotiations for a $5.2 billion arms package from Russia and the Czech Republic.

    Arab media reports say Maliki has been complaining to Washington about delays in deliveries of U.S. systems, the first-batch F-16s in particular. They were supposed to be delivered in 2012, then 2013 and are expected in 2014.

    While Washington may be having political qualms about arming Maliki's armed forces amid Baghdad's inability to contain, let alone crush, worsening sectarian bloodletting, spillover from the war in neighboring Syria and Kurdish separatism, it cannot afford to let Maliki buy his weapons elsewhere.

    With a defense and security budget of some $16.4 billion for 2013 and a large procurement plan, Iraq offers significant opportunities that U.S. defense contractors, like their rivals, cannot afford to ignore as their reliance on exports swells as domestic defense budgets shrink.

    Oxford Analytica observed in a recent analysis of Iraq's defense market that the United States, up to now Baghdad's main arms supplier, "will face stiffer international competition from Russian, Former Soviet Union, European and Asian arms vendors" -- meaning China -- "in the coming years."

    Since 2005, the United States has delivered or is evaluating arms sales to Iraq of around $19 billion, including the 36 F-16IQ Block 52 fighters, enough for two squadrons.

    Iraq is planning to have at least four major airbases, one each in the north, the south, the west and outside Baghdad.

    A $10.9 billion arms package sealed in August 2008 included six Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft. The third was delivered in December 2012, with the other three expected in 2013.

    That package also covered 25 Bell 407 scout/attack helicopters, 140 upgraded Abrams M1A1 main battle tanks built by General Dynamics Land Systems and 160 Guardian armored security vehicles made by Textron Marine and Land Systems.


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    Indian defence industry should use this as an opportunity to sell their weapons to Iraq. This will be a huge boost for India since we are developing so many advanced platforms in the coming future. It will also generate more jobs in India.
     
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    lol....they have huge money so always spends on costly and famous products. not our weaponry
     
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    The Republic Guard use to operate some 1000 T-72s alone, now they are replacing them with 140 Abrams.

    If the economy get back on track, Then they will follow up orders for Abrams, F-16s, C-130s, and other new equippemnt.
     
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    Can any expert elaborate why 18 F-16s will cost $4.3 billion?
     
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    why for this much cost for a Single squadron of F 16
     
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    I think it costs $4.3 Million for 36 F-16s, not 18. There would be a lot of training involved along with building air bases, infrastructure etc.
     
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    Pentagon proposes $2.7 bn in Iraq arms sales


    The Pentagon has notified the US Congress of $2.7 billion in possible new sales to Iraq of air defense and communications systems.

    The latest contracts would raise to nearly $5 billion the value of a series of US arms sales to Iraq that have been sent to Congress over the past two weeks.

    Congress has 30 days to act to block the sales, but otherwise they would have its tacit approval.

    The biggest of the contracts notified on Monday was worth an estimated $2.4 billion.

    It involves the sale of 681 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and 40 truck-mounted launchers, as well as three Hawk anti-aircraft batteries with 216 Hawk missiles.

    "This capability will provide Iraq with the ability to contribute to regional air defenses and reduce its vulnerability to air attacks and also enhance interoperability between the government of Iraq, the US, and other allies," the Pentagon said in a statement.

    Iraq's lack of control over its airspace was one reason why the Pentagon argued that US forces should be kept in the country beyond 2011. In the end, the United States pulled out all its troops because Baghdad refused to grant them legal immunity.

    The second contract, worth $339 million, involves the sale of 19 mobile radio systems and 10 microwave radio systems.

    On July 25, the Defense Security and Cooperation Agency sent Congress three other proposed arms sales to Iraq worth $2 billion.

    The package included the sale of 12 Bell 412 EP transport helicopters, and 50 Stryker armored vehicles equipped for nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical warfare.

    Iraq previously ordered 36 F-16 fighter aircraft at the end of 2011.

    Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki last year called on the United States to accelerate the delivery of arms for Iraqi troops, after signing a contract with Moscow to supply Iraq with $4.2 billion in arms.

    The deal with Moscow fell through, however, because of suspicions of corruption.


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    Hopefully US/Russia/whoever doesn't forget to 1st take the money before even thinking of deliveries, because with the daily rate of iraqis getting killed who knows by 2020 even if a single iraqi is alive or not.
     
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    By chance there is a preparation for a new Iran-Iraq war in 2020??

    It was the USA who ones has equipped Saddam Hussein's Iraq to fight Islamic Iran and destroy a military power arisen by the own amrikaans during the Shah regime.

    After the Western fail in Syria, maybe USA are reluctant to attack Iran and thinking to arm Iraq for this, and so weaking Iran, as they made with Syria.
     
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    Unlikely. Saddam was a Sunni. Iraq's current Shia government is considered close to Iran. Iraq's Kurds should be very worried though.
     
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    But I'm not saying of a war currently. This is really impossible. I'm cogitating a war in the future nearby 2020. Until that day, Iraq might be no more ally to Iran as well as armed enough to fight Iran.
     
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    Iraq Taking Delivery of Russian Arms under 2012 Contract

    Russia has started implementation of a multibillion dollar arms deal with Iraq, an official with the Middle Eastern nation’s government said Thursday.

    Russia is to supply over 10 fully armed and equipped Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq under a $4.3 billion agreement on cooperation in the defense and technology sector signed in 2012.

    Ali Musawi, an aide to the Iraqi prime minister, told the RT television network there had been some doubts about the contract, but said “implementation of one of the contract’s stages has begun.”

    He said the contract provides for the delivery of weaponry mainly for anti-terrorist operations.

    Alexander Mikheyev, deputy general director at Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said in late June that the helicopter contract also covers pilot and technical personnel training and the delivery of essential weapons systems.

    This is the first contract with Iraq under the package agreement, he added.

    Iraq Taking Delivery of Russian Arms under 2012 Contract | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Iraq to press U.S. on drones, F-16s to fight al Qaeda

    The Baghdad government wants the immediate delivery of U.S. drones and F-16 fighter jets in order to combat al Qaeda insurgents, who are making swift advances in the west of the Iraq, a senior Iraqi security official said.

    Washington agreed in August to supply a $2.6 billion integrated air defence system and F-16 fighter jets, with delivery due in autumn 2014.

    Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who will meets U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next week, has also requested drones to carry out surveillance of Iraq's desert border with Syria.

    But Deputy National Security Adviser Safa al-Sheikh Hussein said Iraq needs them now.

    "The first thing the Prime Minister will ask for is to accelerate the processes for the shipment of drones and F-16s," said Safa al-Sheikh Hussein in an interview with Reuters.

    "The initial response from the U.S. was positive, but it depends on the delivery time. We want them immediately."

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    Iraq Takes Collection of First 4 Russian Helicopter Gunships

    Iraq took collection Thursday night of the first four Russian-made Mi-35 helicopter gunships sold to the Middle Eastern nation as part of a multibillion dollar weapons deal.

    Iraqi leader Nuri al-Maliki posted pictures of the aircraft on his official Facebook page.

    Abbas al-Bayati, a lawmaker with al-Maliki’s ruling faction in parliament, told RIA Novosti that Iraq expects to receive a consignment of around 40 Mi-35 and Mi-28NE attack helicopters by the end of the year.

    Iraq is looking to use the newly bought military materiel to bolster its borders and for use in antiterrorist operations.

    Russia is to supply 48 Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile gun systems in addition to the helicopters under a $4.3 billion agreement on cooperation in the defense and technology sector signed in 2012.


    Russia has under the framework of that deal also committed to supplying Iraq with Ka-52 single-seat attack helicopters.

    The arms deal had looked to be at risk earlier this year amid speculation that Iraqi authorities were considering withdrawing from the arrangement over suspicions of corruption.

    Anatoly Isaykin, general director of state-run arms holding company Rosoboronexport, denied in February that the contract had been canceled, however, and said only that it had yet to enter into force.


    Iraq Takes Collection of First 4 Russian Helicopter Gunships | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    South Korea's KAI sells fighter jets worth $1.1 billion to Iraq


    They buy 24 T 50 light Fighter JV of Lockheed Martin and KAI .


    South Korea's KAI sells fighter jets worth $1.1 billion to Iraq


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