Iraq seeks to buy 36 F-16 fighters from US: WSJ

Iraq quickly has become one of the biggest weapons buyers in the world.

Iraq seeks to buy 36 F-16 fighters from US: WSJ

The Iraqi government is seeking to buy 36 advanced F-16 fighters from the U.S., American military officials familiar with the request told the Wall Street Journal.

The F-16, made by Lockheed Martin Corp, is the most sophisticated weapons system Iraq has attempted to purchase so far.

Late in July, the U.S. Department of Defense had approved up to $10.7 billion in arms sales for Iraq, including a $2.16 billion sale of M1A1 Abrams tanks built by General Dynamics Corp .

The U.S. recently announced F-16 sales to Morocco and Romania. Those sales, each for roughly $100 million per plane with training, related equipment and support included, offer an indication of how lucrative the Iraq deal could be for Lockheed Martin and its suppliers.

Iraq quickly has become one of the biggest weapons buyers in the world.

No one was available at the U.S. Department of Defense for comment.

Reuters

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