Iraqi government to buy F-16s from U.S.

Iraq confirmed on the 26th that it has approved a plan to purchase an initial squadron of Lockheed F-16 fighter aircraft from the United States.

In an effort to upgrade its Air Force, Iraq’s government spokesman said the cabinet has ratified a contract to buy 18 advanced F-16s as the centerpiece of billions of dollars Iraq is expected to spend on arms in coming years.

The F-16 is considered a powerful symbol of political and military cooperation with the United States and it’s a potential key to fostering post-withdrawal U.S. and Iraqi security ties.

In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return) exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles (860 kilometers), deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point. An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.
– wikipedia




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