US mulls AC-208 sale to Iraq
The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential Foreign Military Sale of AC-208 Combat Caravan light attack aircraft, and related support, training and equipment to Iraq, at an estimated cost is $65.3 million.
The Iraqi government has requested two Cessna AC-208 aircraft. Equipment for the aircraft requested includes: AN/AAQ-35 electro-optical infrared imaging system, AN/AAR-60 missile launch warning system, AN/ALE-47 electronic countermeasure dispenser, dual rail LAU-131 Hellfire launcher capability on each wing, and spare parts.
Orbital ATK will be the principal contractor of the sale if it goes ahead.
The AC-208 Combat Caravan is a missionized Cessna 208 aircraft. The two requested AC-208s will join Iraq's existing fleet of three AC-208s and three C-208, purchased in 2008.
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