13 F16 aircraft to Iraq next year
A new batch of F-16 fighter jets will arrive in Iraq starting next year, the Washington-led international coalition said .Deputy Commander of the International Coalition Forces, Major General Andrew Croft, said in a televised statement that the new batch includes 13 fighters of this type and will arrive in Iraq ‘probably’ next year .
With this payment, the number of aircraft to be flown by Iraq will rise to 34 .Croft did not say whether the planes would arrive in Iraq at once or in separate payments .
Baghdad and Washington signed an agreement in 2011 to buy 36 F-16 fighter jets .
Iraq received the first batch of these aircraft in July 2015 and then received the other payments successively in subsequent years .
The Iraqi Air Force used F-16 fighter jets in the battles, which were supported by the US-led coalition against a staunch organization .http://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=164490