Czech government approves sale of fighter jets to Iraq

Czech government approves sale of fighter jets to Iraq

Baghdad ( The Czech government has approved a sale of 15 subsonic fighter planes to Iraq, the defense minister Martin Stropnicky said on Monday, following the failure of a previous attempt to offload surplus stock to Baghdad.

The Czech military has a surplus of the L-159 fighters, made by Czech firm Aero Vodochody and used as training or light combat aircraft, and has been looking for a buyer.

Stropnicky said his ministry would receive 750 million crowns ($29.89 million) for the Iraqi sale. Four of the planes are currently being used by the Czech air force, while the remaining 11 are stored by the plane maker.

The producer Aero negotiated the plan to sell the planes to Iraq last April and will act as an intermediary in the transaction.

The planes would strengthen the air power of the Iraqi government, which is battling Islamic State insurgents, and would also showcase the Czech arms’ producer, which wants to expand its exports. /End/

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