Times are changing. Now the US is supplying Iraq with weapons. Iraq receives the first F-16s this week.
Lockheed Martin is delivering the first F-16 Fighting Falcon jets for the Iraq Air Force this week reports Reuters. The Iraq Air Force ordered 36 F-16 Block 52 aircraft.
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There will be a formal hand-over on Thursday in the Lockheed plant in Forth Worth, Texas. The Iraqi ambassador Lukman Faily will be in attendance.
Iraq has a vast borderline and the country aims to be able to defend itself fully by 2020.
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Lockheed Martin delivered more than 4,540 F-16s to date. Lockheed says that the F-16 is the world’s most versatile and affordable 4th generation multi-role fighter. Lockheed Martin’s F-16 production line is expected to continue through 2017, with major upgrades being incorporated for all F-16 versions.