After delays caused by the war with Islamic State, Iraq hopes to take first deliveries of its F-16 fighter jets from the United States this summer, a senior Iraqi official said.
The disclosure came ahead of a visit by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who was scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday.
Mi-28NE Night Hunter combat helicopters delivered to Iraq from Russia are ready to take part in operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
“Minister of Defense, Khaled al-Obeidi and a number of high-ranking commanders attended the final stage of preparation of the first batch of helicopters, which included munition loading”, – said in the statement of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
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