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Iraqi Helicopters Are Now Flying With Laser-Guided Rockets

In November 2016, Iraqi military helicopters were spotted dropping dumb bombs, raising concerns about inaccurate air strikes that pose a danger to civilians. The next month, some of Baghdad’s pilots started blasting away at the Islamic State with laser-guided rockets. According to the U.S. Army, Iraqi Bell 407 scout choppers were launching the so-called Advanced […]

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General Dynamics Awarded $170 Million to Provide Hydra Rockets to Qatar, Iraq, Others

General Dynamics – OTS Inc., Williston, Vermont, was awarded a $169,694,436 modification (P00025) to Foreign Military Sales contract W31P4Q-14-C-0154 (Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, India, Belgium) for Hydra rockets (M151 quantity 80,448; M255a1q: 40,000; M274: 101,952; M278: 3,715; M156: 7,200; Motors Mk66 Mod4: 20,721; Warheads M257: 5,837; M278: 13,741; M156: 4,914).  Work will […]

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Iraq Loses Helicopters in Separate Incidents

The Iraqi Army lost two helicopters in a matter of days, resulting in the death of 11 crewmembers. In the first incident on 16 February saw a Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport helicopter crash near the city of Kut, about 160 km southeast of Baghdad with the loss of all 9 onboard. It has been reported […]

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U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq

The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States, we remain dedicated to helping Iraq improve security, maintain sovereignty, and push back against terrorism, most recently ISIL. U.S. security cooperation activities are increasing the Iraqi Security Forces’ […]

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Bell Helicopter Awarded $55.6 Million to Maintain and Support Iraqi Helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a $55,600,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee foreign military sales contract (Iraq) for technical advice and maintenance and logistics support for maintenance and logistics for Bell aircraft. Work will be performed in Iraq with an estimated completion date of Aug. 7, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 […]

Islamic State Group Downs Another Iraqi Helicopter

Militants with the Islamic State group on Wednesday shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter, killing the two pilots on board in the second such incident in a week and raising concerns about the extremists’ ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led airstrikes. According to two Iraqi officials, the militants used a shoulder-fired missile to […]

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State Department Approves $500 Million to Sustain Iraqi Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for aviation sustainment support, on-the-job maintenance training and maintenance advice and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale […]