Iraq receives new batch of US F-16 fighter jets

Iraq receives new batch of US F-16 fighter jets
Iraqi fighter jet. File photo.

Baghdad ( Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday, that four F-16 fighter jets have arrived in Balad air base, based on the agreement made between Baghdad and Washington in 2011, to buy 36 fighter jets.

The ministry released a statement saying, “Four F-16 fighter jets arrived, today, in Balad air base,” pointing out that, “Iraqi received the first batch of these jets in July 2015.”

“The newly received jets will increase the number of fighter jets in Iraq to 20 aircraft,” the statement added.

Noteworthy, Iraqi Air Force is currently relying on a limited number of old Russian jets “Sukhoi” and helicopters.

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