Iraq requests training and support services
The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential $1.06 billion foreign military sale to Iraq for pilot and maintenance training, contractor logistical support (CLS) for trainer aircraft and base support, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 12 April.
Iraq's request include pilot training, maintenance training and CLS support for C-172, C-208, and T-6 aircraft for up to five years.
The request includes contractor aircraft modification, repair and spare parts, publications, aircraft ferry and miscellaneous parts, along with training base operation support, base life support, security, construction and other related elements of programme support.
The training pipeline will allow the Iraqi Air Force to tailor pilot training for the aircraft, decrease its overseas training requirements, significantly reduce its training costs, and will enhance its ability to take over the sustainment of its aircraft.
Iraq operates 12 C-172s and 15 T-6s as training platforms for its mobility and fighter attack fleets. Five C-208s are used for training its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance pilots.
If it goes ahead, the prime contractor for the sale will be Spartan College.
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