Iraq requests GBADS and mobile troposcatter radio sale from US

6 August 2013 (Last Updated August 6th, 2013 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of two potential foreign military sales (FMS) of ground-based air defence systems (GBADS) and mobile troposcatter radio systems, alongside associated equipment to Iraq.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of two potential foreign military sales (FMS) of ground-based air defence systems (GBADS) and mobile troposcatter radio systems, alongside associated equipment to Iraq.

Under the first estimated $2,403bn sale, Iraq has requested supply of 40 Avenger fire units, 681 Stinger reprogrammable micro-processor (RMP) Block I 92H missiles, 13 AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel radars, seven AN/YSQ-184D forward area air defence command, control, intelligence (FAAD C2I) systems and 75 AN/VRC-92E SINCGARS radios.

The package also includes three Hawk XXI batteries, including six battery fire direction centres, six high-powered illuminator radars, 216 MIM-23P Hawk tactical missiles, two mobile battalion operation centres (BOC), three Hawk XXI BOC air defence consoles, 1DS/GS Shop 20, one DS/GS Shop 21, one mini-certified round assembly facility (MCRAF), as well as air command and control (C2) systems and surveillance radars for the integrated air defence systems.

The integrated air defence systems feature TPS-77 long-range radars (LRR), a Omnyx-I0 air command and control system and ten medium-range radars.

Additional equipment being supplied under the first sale includes ground air transmit ultra-high frequency radio capability, facilities and construction for one underground air defence operations centre and two air defence sector operations centres, spare and repair parts amongst others.

"Primarily aimed at modernising Iraq's armed forces, the GBADS will enable Iraq to contribute to regional air defences and reduce its vulnerability to air attacks."

Under the second estimated $339m sale, the US will supply 19 mobile troposcatter radio systems, along with ten mobile microwave radio systems, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, as well as other associated elements of programme and logistics support.

Primarily aimed at modernising Iraq's armed forces, the GBADS will enable Iraq to contribute to regional air defences and reduce its vulnerability to air attacks by offering situational awareness of the national airspace and a baseline tactical radar and threat intercept capability.

The mobile troposcatter radios and services are scheduled to provide critical redundancy for national level command and control.

Prime contractors for the first sale include Lockheed Martin, Thales Raytheon Systems, Boeing, American General, Northrop Grumman, Kratos Defense and Aerospace and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

Raytheon will also serve as the prime contractor for the second FMS programme.

Defence Technology