Iraq requests $65.3m sale of AC-208 Combat Caravan aircraft from US

9 October 2016 (Last Updated October 9th, 2016 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a $65.3m potential sale of AC-208 Combat Caravan aircraft to Iraq.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a $65.3m potential sale of AC-208 Combat Caravan aircraft to Iraq.

Under the sale, Iraq requested two Cessna AC-208 aircraft, as well as related equipment, training, and support.

The aircraft is armed with dual rail LAU-131 Hellfire launcher capability on each wing, AN/ALE-47 electronic countermeasure dispenser, AN/AAR-60 missile launch warning system and AN/AAQ-35 electro-optical infrared imaging system.

"The Cessna aircraft are used to support Iraqi military operations against al-Qaeda affiliate and ISIS forces."

The sale will also cover contractor aircraft modifications, spare parts, publication updates, aircraft ferry, and miscellaneous parts.

The Iraqi Air Force will use the new aircraft to continue its fight against ISIS.

Iraq initially purchased three AC-208 and three C-208 aircraft in 2008.

The Cessna aircraft are used to support Iraqi military operations against al-Qaeda affiliate and ISIS forces.

Orbital ATK will serve as the principal contractor for the sale.

This proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner, DSCA said in a statement.

Alliant Techsystems-built AC-208 is a light attack combat aircraft that has been derived from the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan aircraft.

The aircraft was developed under the Combat Caravan programme of the US as part of the government's effort to rebuild the Iraqi Air Force.