The Pentagon has authorized the clearance of approximately $1 billion package of aircraft trainers, surveillance aerostats and up-armored Humvees for the Iraqi army.
The deal is mostly comprised of 24 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft; the turboprop aircraft and related services and equipment cost estimates reach around $790 million.
The planned sale of these aircraft, equipment and service support will hopefully support the Iraqi military in their efforts to bring stability to the country and to avert any possible spillover of turmoil into neighboring nations.
The US Defense Department has also approved the sale of 200 AM General up-armored Humvees valued at $101 million. The Humvees will be fitted for .50-caliber machine guns, training equipment and communications gear.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency DSCA hoped that the new automobiles would facilitate the progress toward increasing Iraq’s ability to defend its oil infrastructure against terrorist attacks, and that the Humvees would also increase the safety, effectiveness and self-reliance of the Iraqi Oil police securing the nation’s petroleum pipelines.