Iraq requests $295.6m sale from US to support infantry brigades and artillery battalions
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $295.6m foreign military sale of equipment to Iraq in support of two Peshmerga infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions.
Under the sale, Iraq seeks to receive 4,400 M16A4 rifles, 46 M2 50-calibre machine guns, 186 M240B machine guns, 36 M1151 HMMWVs, 77 M1151 up-armoured HMMWVs, and 12 3kW quiet generator sets.
Iraq has also requested organisation clothing and individual equipment (OCIE), small arms and associated accessories, mortar systems, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) detection and protective equipment, and dismounted and mounted radio systems.
The sale also covers commercial navigation equipment, including compasses, binoculars, a geospatial position system (GPS), M1142 HMMWVs, medical equipment and mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAP).
As part of the sale, Iraq will also receive cargo and transportation equipment, including light and medium tactical vehicles, water and fuel trucks, ambulances, 36 refurbished M119A2 105mm howitzers, spare parts, training and associated equipment.
The procurement will support Iraq’s capacity to defeat ISIS militant groups.
The artillery battalions and infantry brigades procuring the equipment will operate under the Kurdistan Regional Governments Ministry of Peshmerga (KRG MOP).
AM General, Oshkosh Defense, Navistar Defense, Harris Radio, and Colt Corporation will serve as contractors for the sale.