Iraq receives 1st batch of Korean fighter jets

South Korean fighter jets T50 (Golden Eagle)

Baghdad ( Iraq received on Thursday a first batch of 24 South Korea-made T50 fighter jets, said the commander of the air forces.

Anwar Hamma did not mention the number of fighters included in the delivery, but said they were accompanied with all supplementary equipment as well as the a first batch of Iraqi pilots and maintenance technicians trained in Korea on conducting and maintaining the fighters.

Iraq and South Korea clinched the deal for the aircraft delivery in 2013, initially slating it for April 2016 before postponing to the first quarter of 2017.

Hamma said the fighter jets would go into service sooner to engage in airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants.

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