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US oks a $65 mn FMS from Iraq for additional AC-208 gunship aircraft.

| 2016
World Aviation Defense & Security News - Iraq
US oks a $65 mn FMS from Iraq for additional AC-208 gunship aircraft
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AC-208 aircraft and related equipment, training, and support for an estimated cost of $65.3 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on October 6, 2016.
US oks a 65 mn FMS from Iraq for additional AC 208 gunship aircraft 640 001An IAF AC-208B Combat Caravan light attack and reconnaissance aircraft
(Credit: IAF)
The Government of Iraq requests to purchase two Cessna AC-208 aircraft that include: dual rail LAU-131 Hellfire launcher capability on each wing, AN/ALE-47 electronic countermeasure dispenser, AN/AAR-60 Missile Launch Warning System, AN/AAQ-35 ElectroOptical Infrared Imaging System, contractor aircraft modifications, spare parts, publication updates, aircraft ferry, and miscellaneous parts. The estimated total case value is $65.3 million.

Iraq originally purchased three AC-208 and three C-208 aircraft in 2008. The Cessna aircraft are used to support Iraqi military operations against al-Qaeda affiliate and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces. The purchase of two additional aircraft enables the Iraqi Air Force to continue its fight against ISIL.

The principal contractor is Orbital ATK, Falls Church, VA.



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