Strengthening Iraq’s air fleet: a 130 million euro contract

Find out how a 130 million euro contract between the USA and Iraq aims to improve Iraqi air capabilities with technical support and training.

Overview of the air support contract

The U.S. State Department recently approved a Foreign Military Sale for Iraq, covering a substantial upgrade of its air fleet, including C-172 and AC/RC-208 aircraft. This approval, valued at $140 million, or around 130 million euros, symbolizes not only a robust investment in Iraq’s defense infrastructure, but also a mark of trust and a strengthening of bilateral relations between Iraq and the United States.

The contract includes contractor logistics support services (CLS), technical training for Iraqi personnel, spare parts, maintenance services, and other support elements. These measures are designed to enhance Iraq’s defense capabilities, while strengthening its sovereignty and strategic partnership with the United States.

Strengthening Iraq's air fleet: a 130 million euro contract

Impact on Iraq’s defense capabilities

Improving Iraq’s air capabilities through this contract is a crucial step for the country. Increasing the air fleet and improving maintenance and training services will enable Iraq to better protect its territory against external threats. In addition, this initiative will enhance the readiness and responsiveness of Iraqi forces in various defense and security operations.

The focus on technical training also ensures that Iraqi personnel will be able to maintain and operate these aircraft effectively over the long term, contributing to greater autonomy in the management of its air defense.

Regional consequences of Iraqi capacity building

The strengthening of Iraq’s air capabilities through this contract has significant implications for regional security. By increasing its ability to monitor and defend its airspace, Iraq can better contribute to the stability of the region, which is often marked by conflict and tension. It could also alter the balance of power in the region, where many players are seeking to establish or maintain their influence.

This development is part of a wider dynamic where the US, through similar contracts, seeks to support strategic allies to stabilize the region and combat terrorism and extremism, in line with its foreign policy guidelines.

Strengthening Iraq's air fleet: a 130 million euro contract

Advantages and disadvantages of the contract


  • Enhanced security: Directly improves Iraqi national and regional security.
  • Skills development: Increased training and autonomy of Iraqi air maintenance personnel.
  • International relations: Strengthens bilateral ties with the U.S., fostering ongoing cooperation.


  • Dependence: Increased Iraqi dependence on foreign technology and support.
  • Costs: Significant financial burden for Iraq, although supported by international aid.

This air support contract for Iraq is a milestone not only for the country’s defense, but also for international cooperation in the fight against global security challenges.

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