By John Lee.

Iraq has reportedly received its 24th and final Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50IQ Fighting Eagle light fighter and trainer aircraft, which is the Iraqi Air Force variant of the T-50 Golden Eagle/FA-50 Fighting Eagle.

According to Janes, the delivery of the final batch of aircraft marks an end to the six-year procurement process that was launched in December 2013.

(Source: Janes)

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Air Force has received another six new T-50 fighter jets under a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

According to previously-released information, Iraq’s T-50 fleet is planned to grow to 24 by early next year.

(Source: Iraqi Air Force)

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Air Force has received a new batch of T50 fighter jets under the contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

This aircraft is a multi-task combat aircraft and, according to a statement from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, it matches the F16 in terms of efficiency.

The fleet is planned to grow to 24 by early next year.

(Source: Iraqi Ministry of Defense)

Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Wichita, Kansas, has been awarded a $30,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Beechcraft King Air 350 maintenance training in support of the Iraqi Air Force.

Work will be performed at Martyr Mohammed Ali Air Base, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 20, 2020.

This award is the result of a country-directed sole-source acquisition.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

Textron Aviation Defense LLC has been awarded an $8,789,035 undefinitized contract action (UCA) for the reconstitution of 15 aircraft in Iraq.

This US foreign military sales Acquisition Category III program provides the aforementioned the purchase of long-lead supplies required to reconstitute the aircraft for Iraq training.

The work provided for under this UCA must be in place to start training the Iraq T-6A fleet no later than the second quarter of 2018 in order to meet critical F-16 pilot demand in 2019.

Work will be performed at Inman Ali Air Base, Iraq.

This contract involves foreign military sales to Iraq and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Funding provided by Iraq in the amount of $8,789,035 is being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8617-17-C-6225).

(Source: US Dept of Defense)


By John Lee.

The weak Czech crown is complicating the reccently-agreed sale of the Czech L-159 combat aircraft to Iraq, according to reports from Prague Monitor and Hospodarske noviny (HN).

The Czech government now wants Penta, the owner of the mediating firm Aero Vodochody, to pay it 850 million crowns ($35 million, 41 billion Iraqi dinars), 100 million crowns more than originally agreed.

Aero Vodochody will make the aircraft combat ready and provide equipment, ammunition and training, and may earn billions of crowns from the subsequent servicing of the aircraft.

(Source: Prague Monitor)