By John Lee.

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) has announced that it has banned all Boeing 737 MAX planes from its airspace.

The move follows the crash of a 737 MAX in Ethiopia on Sunday, which killed 157 people, and another disaster involving that model of aircraft in Indonesia five months ago, which killed 189 people.

(Source: ICAA)

By John Lee.

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, has been awarded a $7,758,625 firm-fixed-price delivery order for the procurement of six ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems, related support equipment, training, site activation, technical services, and data for the government of Iraq under the Foreign Military Sales program.

Work will be performed in Baghdad, Iraq (67 percent); Bingen, Washington (30 percent); and Hood River, Oregon (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2018.

Insitu is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

US defense giant Boeing has been awarded a $39,662,335 cost-plus-fixed-fee foreign military sales (Iraq) contract to acquire engineering and technical services necessary to support the Avenger short-range air defense system.

One bid was solicited and one bid received.

Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 26, 2022.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

By John Lee.

FlyBaghdad has reportedly wet-leased a Boeing 737-400 from Jordan Aviation.

The company also has two A320-200s leased from South Africa’s Global Aviation Operations, and three CRJ-200s, two of which are leased from Iraq Gate (Baghdad).

Launched earlier this year, FlyBaghdad currently offers scheduled passenger flights to Erbil, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah, Istanbul and Tbilisi.

(Source: CH Aviation)

By John Lee.

Iraq is requesting the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) to finance the purchase of 10 planes from Boeing.

Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters in Washington that the planes have already cost the government $500 million (600 billion Iraqi dinars).

If the request is granted, Boeing would repay the money it has already received.

Iraq is currently facing a severe budgetary deficit, and is in negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance.

(Source: Reuters)

Emirates Airline and Boeing partnered with a US-based non-profit organization, Another Joy Foundation, to transport a consignment of critically-needed blankets and sleeping bags on board the airline’s newly delivered Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range).

This is the sixth time since 2009 that Emirates and Boeing have collaborated to transport humanitarian aid to countries to the needy in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia.

The shipment was picked up in Dubai by Iraqi Airways in coordination with the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation. The goods will then be distributed to underprivileged people in Iraq who are not equipped to face the bitterly cold weather conditions.

“Our long standing relationship with Boeing has been further cemented by this wonderful initiative that helps enhance the lives of the less fortunate around the world,” said Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates. “We are glad to work with Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flight program and Another Joy Foundation, to utilise the maiden flight of one of our new Boeing 777-300 ERs in bringing critical humanitarian cargo to aid those in need.”

“There is a dire need for winter gear such as blankets and sleeping bags in Iraq especially for the hundreds of thousands who have been displaced this year in the country,” said Elizabeth Warman, director of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest region. “Through these collaborative efforts with our customers and non-governmental agencies such as Another Joy Foundation, we hope to bring some measure of relief and hope to people in need around the world.”

This is the third time this year that Boeing and Another Joy Foundation have carried supplies to Iraq. In March, a consignment comprising boxes of toys were distributed to underprivileged children in Iraqi orphanages while quilts for the displaced were shipped in November.

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Another Joy Foundation’s mission is to deliver joy and hope to less fortunate children around the world through donations of new and used toys, clothes, shoes and new school supplies.

Since Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flight program began in 1992, the company has facilitated more than 163 humanitarian delivery flights, working in partnership with over 50 different airlines worldwide.

(Source: Emirates Airlines)

By John Lee.

Defense News reports that a proposed $4.8-billion deal to sell the latest Apache AH-64E helicopters to Iraq may have fallen through.

According to the report, the US government made Baghdad a formal offer for the 24 helicopters, along with spare parts and a comprehensive training program, but the Iraqis have not yet accepted it and did not ask for an extension of the offer, which is said to have expired in August.

The potential contract included radars, night vision equipment, 480 Hellfire missiles, electronic jamming equipment, 30mm automatic chain guns and assorted ammunition. “Including the spare and repair parts, support equipment, and more than 200 contractors to provide personnel training, it would have been a major win for Apache maker Boeing and its subcontractors“, said the report.

Over the summer, Moscow shipped Mi-35 helicopter gunships and at least five Su-25 fighter planes to Baghdad.

(Source: Defense News)

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By John Lee.

The Deputy Transport Minister, Bangen Rekani, has told Bloomberg that Iraq will seek $2 billion in financing to cover part of the cost of the 40 jets it has on order from Boeing.

Iraq ordered 30 737-800s in 2008, followed by 10 787-8 long-haul Dreamliners in 2009, and a single 777 in 2012 — three planes have been delivered to date and two more are due in the coming weeks. The total value of the deal is reported to be $5 billion at current list prices.

The Deputy Minister added that Citigroup will be invited to advise on the plan, and a committee drawn from Iraq’s transport and finance ministries, Central Bank and Iraqi Airways, has been formed to negotiate the funding.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) facility is expected to be in the range of $1.5 billion to $2 billion.

Iraqi Airways also has a letter of intent to purchase five CS300 CSeries narrow-bodies from Bombardier, worth $387 million at list prices, plus 11 options that would take the value to $1.26 billion.

We need a lot of funds,” Rekani said. “We’re in a race to complete the maximum number of projects in a short time.

(Source: Bloomberg)

By John Lee.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $4.8 billion.

The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 24 AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters, 56 T700-GE-701D Engines, 27 AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight, 27 AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 12 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars with Radar Electronics Unit (LONGBOW component), 28 AN/AAR-57(V)7 Common Missile Warning Systems, 28 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets, 28 AN/APR-39A(V)4 or APR-39C(V)2 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 28 AN/ALQ-136A(V)5 Radar Jammers, 52 AN/AVS-6, 90 Apache Aviator Integrated Helmets, 60 HELLFIRE Missile Launchers, and 480 AGM-114R HELLFIRE Missiles. Also included are AN/APR-48 Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers, AN/APX-117 Identification Friend-or-Foe Transponders, Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation with Multi Mode Receiver, MXF-4027 UHF/VHF Radios, 30mm Automatic Chain Guns, Aircraft Ground Power Units, 2.75 in Hydra Rockets, 30mm rounds, M211 and M212 Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munitions flares, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, site surveys, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, design and construction, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $4.8 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. This proposed sale directly supports the Iraq government and serves the interests of the Iraqi people and the United States.