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Iraq to buy 12 Mothballed L-159s combat planes from Czech military

Iraq to buy 12 Mothballed L-159s combat planes from Czech military


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq will purchase 12 Mothballed L-159 combat planes from the Czech military.

Former Czech chief-of-staff Jiri Sedivy said that Iraq needs combat aircraft for the training of pilots who would later fly U.S. F-16 fighter jets.

Iraq showed interest in the new Czech combat aircraft for the first time in 2012, when it signed a preliminary agreement with the then Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra on buying 28 L-159s.

The Czech Defense Ministry’s spokesman Jan Pejsek said that the Ministry has not yet officially received information on the signing of the contract between Aero and Iraqi officials.

Czech military bought 72 L-159s with only one third of them in use. The military has been trying to sell the redundant L-159s for several years.


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  1. Planes that can be properly maintained are a not a good approach to training pilots. If you are going to train pilots for the F-16, you had better consult the US Air Force and follow its recommendations.

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