Dec 8, 2013
From Our Arsenal to Yours
Posted on Sep 27, 2011
Iraq has made a down payment of $1.4 billion to the United States on 18 F-16 fighter jets that are intended to protect Iraqi sovereignty when the U.S. is gone. But the planes will not be delivered for years to come, and U.S. forces are required by the status-of-forces agreement to withdraw by the end of December.
The total bill for the F-16s adds up to $3 billion.
Iraq currently operates 158 aircraft. That’s down from the 1,000 once under Saddam Hussein’s command.
Reuters reports that Iraq has limited capabilities to defend its air space, with only 60 percent radar coverage expected after the U.S. leaves. —PZS
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