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Iraq, October 13, 2016 

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AC-208 aircraft and related equipment, training, and support.

The estimated cost is $65.3 million.

The Government of Iraq requests to purchase two (2) 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.

Iraq originally purchased three (3) AC-208 and three (3) 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 (2) additional aircraft enables the Iraqi Air Force to continue its fight against ISIL. Iraq will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.

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



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I do not understand why the U.S. is allowing these aircraft to be sold to Iraq, before all the Iranian militias are driven out, Iraq's borders are secure and Iraq's sovereignty is recognized by Iran.

We saw a couple days ago where our Navy destroyers were fired upon from Yemen, an Iranian outpost. If you remember, Maliki is from Yemen. 

I have a big problem with our technology falling into the hands of these Iranian terrorists.

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