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Iraq Discussing Buying More U.S. Weapons

by: Matthew Potter
November 20, 2012

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, Countries, Events, General Dynamics, Iraq, Lockheed Martin, production program, Services | RSS 2.0

The Iraqi government is in discussions with the U.S. about purchasing more weapons systems for its Army. The new talks reportedly focus around getting up to 30 Stryker vehicles optimized for nuclear, biological and chemical weapon detection. The Stryker is an 8 wheeled armored vehicle manufactured by General Dynamics (GD). While the base vehicle provides troop transport it is made with a variety of weapon systems and equipment attached.

The value of this contract is estimated at $25 million.

The Stryker is based on a vehicle originally designed for the Canadian military and many parts of the current version are made in that country.

Iraq has purchased quite a bit of U.S. equipment in the last few years. The largest contract has been for 18 F-16 fighters made by Lockheed Martin (LMT). Iraq has also looked to other suppliers including Russia for some of their new systems which makes sense due to their historical usage of that nation’s hardware.

The Strykers are part of an overall $7 billion in new military equipment that supposedly will be sent to Congress for approval in the near term.

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