The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of air traffic control and landing systems and associated equipment to Iraq. Under the estimated $700m sale, Iraq has requested a proposed sale of commercially available Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC) equipment suite and airfield navigational aids suites for installation at four airbases across the country. The ATC equipment suite includes four ASR-11 airport surveillance radars, ten ATC automation system along with ten controller consoles, four AutoTrac II airfield support and navigation suites, two primary search radar and two mono-pulse secondary surveillance radars. The airfield navigation aids suite comprises two very high frequency omni-directional range (VORTAC) and three instrument landing systems with distance measuring equipment, two airfield lighting systems with flush mounted lights for the runway and taxiways, and an air traffic control tower equipment suite. Iraq has also requested for site surveys, system integration, installation, testing, repair and return, facilities, warranties, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
The potential sale will contribute to Iraq’s continued efforts toward rebuilding its airfield systems at Tikrit, Al Basra, Al Kut, and Taji Air Bases for near-term basing of multiple aircraft, while enhancing its ability to control its own airspace. Apart from facilitating greater ease in launch and recovery of aircraft, the renovations and upgrades to the airfields and systems are also expected to boost the overall sustainment to aircraft and affiliated systems. The sale also directly contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to enhance the security of a strategic partner. The principal contractor has not been disclosed, and is scheduled to be determined through a competitive process in future.