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U.S. Delivery of Transport Aircraft Enhances Iraqi Air Force Capabilities

December 17, 2012

The Iraqi Air Force received three C-130J transport aircraft during a delivery ceremony in Baghdad on December 17, 2012.  An additional three C-130J aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the near future, including support equipment and training. The C-130J uses state-of-the-art technology, allowing it to fly farther, climb faster, and take off and land in a shorter distance than earlier versions.

This program reinforces the U.S.-Iraqi partnership, as outlined by the Strategic Framework Agreement. According to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Beecroft, “The addition of these C-130J aircraft strengthens Iraq’s critical transportation capability and is a sign of the Iraqi military’s successful development.” He added, “This program highlights the excellent relationship our two countries have, and demonstrates how the United States and Iraq work together to identify Iraq’s needs and then organize the resources to meet them.”

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, works closely with the Government of Iraq on security assistance and cooperation to support Iraq as a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant strategic partner that contributes to peace and security in the region.