Iraq is negotiating the purchase Hunter and American air defense systems with a total value of several billion dollars, the newspaper reported Tuesday Wall Street Journal citing U.S. and Iraqi officials.
According to the sources of the daily Baghdad could buy up to 36 American fighters. The exact amount of the contract is not disclosed yet. The newspaper said there are two fighter squadrons, and ground equipment, radar and other air defense.
Some time ago, Iraq has frozen its program to acquire 18 F-16 fighters, to focus on maintaining internal stability in view of the protest movements experienced by several Arab countries since the beginning of the year.
As noted in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. arms shipments to Baghdad aimed at offsetting the rise of Iranian influence in the region after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
The 46,000 U.S. troops currently deployed in Iraq should leave the country before December 31, 2011.