Iraq has signed a new contract to buy its second set of 18 F-16 fighters from the United States. The contract is part of a deal to purchase 36 F-16s. The first set of 18 jets will be delivered by September 2014, and the handover will be completed by 2018. (Reuters, 18 October)
Iraqi defense officials also said today that they are talking with U.S. officials on purchasing air defense systems and Apache helicopters.
File photo: Four-ship F-16C formation from Homestead ARB. (Michael A. Infante/www.f-16.net)