Iraq Reopens Arms Buying With France

by: Matthew Potter
March 26, 2009

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In the past France sold substantial amounts of military equipment to Iraq when it was ruled by Saddam Hussein. These included military vehicles, aircraft and missiles. The most notable use of this equipment was the attack on the USS Stark (FFG-31) by a Mirage F1 jet firing Exocet surface-to-surface missiles. Since the liberation of Iraq by the Americans that country has tended to sell the most equipment to it. This has included aircraft, vehicles and support equipment. AFP writes that France and Iraq have now signed a contract for twenty-four EC 635 helicopters. The article also states that further deals are being explored by the two countries. Iraq will need to rebuild its military and will utilize its rather large oil funds for this meaning that several major contracts will probably be announced over the next few year. This contract is estimated at almost $500 million and includes parts and support.

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