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June 15, 2016

Iraq requests $181m sale of AC-208 logistics and spares support from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale of AC-208 sustainment, logistics and spares support to Iraq.

By Srivari Aishwarya

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale of AC-208 sustainment, logistics and spares support to Iraq.

Under the estimated $181m sale, Iraq seeks to receive a five-year sustainment package that encompasses services, such as operational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance for its AC/RC-208 fleet.

The potential sale of services will include spare parts, component repair, publication updates, maintenance training and and logistics.

"The potential sale of services will include spare parts, component repair, publication updates, maintenance training and and logistics."

In addition, the sale will cover contract logistics services (CLS), training services, and contract engineering services.

The Government of Iraq has not requested major defence equipment (MDE).

The proposed sale of support services will allow the Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) to continue to operate its fleet of eight C-208 light attack and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft beyond the end of its existing CLS contract in June.

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The IqAF aims to become self-sufficient in the areas of aircraft maintenance and logistics training.

Orbital ATK and Flight Safety International will serve as the principal contractors for the sale.

Developed by US-based aerospace and defence company Alliant Techsystems, AC-208 Combat Caravan is a light attack combat aircraft armed with Hellfire missiles.

The AC-208 Combat Caravan is a counter insurgency (COIN) aircraft converted from a cargo / ISR plane.

It was developed under the US Combat Caravan programme as part of the government’s effort to rebuild the IqAF.

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