Iraq will receive French and American air defense systems: Minister

Minister of Defense of Iraq Juma Inad on Sunday it was announced the “imminent” arrival of French and American radar systems to bolster the country’s air defenses.

Without specifying the French system, Iraqi News Agency is quoted Inad claiming that the Thales system would be linked to the country’s recently opened Air Defense Command Center in Baghdad.

He added that the system “will work for high detection of enemy air targets and will be installed in different places of the country.”

The French company together with MBDA, produces MAMBA—also known as SAMP/T—is an air defense system. It can intercept “cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and tactical ballistic missiles in the range of up to 600 kilometers (373 miles).”

Lockheed Long Range Radar

The minister also said that the center will work “together” with the American-type TPS 77 radar system, which will soon be put into service.

“This system is the first link to develop the Air Defense Command and bring it to the highest level of combat readiness to ensure air control over the entire airspace of Iraq, as it is characterized by long-range radar detection,” the publication quoted him.

The lockheed martin long range radar system has a range over 400 kilometers (248 miles).

Inad added that the ministry is working on the procurement of short- and medium-range radars “to complete air sovereignty over all parts of the country.”

The radars are already deployed

Meanwhile, Iraq’s air defense commander Maan al-Saadi revealed that two long-range radar systems are already deployed in the southern and western provinces of al-Qadisiya and Anbar.

Iraq was looking for a modern air defense system to replace its aging systems from the 60s and 70s to deal with new threats such as drones, missiles and artillery shells launched by terrorists.

Parliament of the country according to reports allocated an unknown amount of money to purchase a foreign air defense system last year. Iraq will receive French and American air defense systems: Minister

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