The US Army has provided three additional Bell Helicopter-built 407 Scout helicopters with associated services to the Iraqi Army Aviation Command.
Encompassing spares parts, ground support equipment and tools and logistical aircraft maintenance support, the delivery represents the sixth completed shipment of Iraqi Armed 407 Scout helicopter under a foreign military sales (FMS) contract signed with Iraq in 2009.
Covering a total delivery of 24 armed Bell 407 helicopters, along with logistical support services, including pilot training, the contract was awarded in an effort to build an advanced, dependable capability in the Iraqi Army Aviation Command, eventually ensuring peace and security in the country.
US Army Security Assistance Command Central Command region operations deputy director Kevin Richardson said the delivery was a result of collaborative efforts between many organisations in and outside of Redstone Arsenal and the helicopters would be thoroughly evaluated prior to actual delivery to Iraq.
"We are building partner capacity, which means the Iraqi's are building their own capability that allows them to perform operations that the US is no longer there to provide," Richardson added.
US Army Aviation and Missile Command source Kenneth Morgan said the helicopters would also be operated for internal requirements, such as patrol and security missions, as well as border security operations.
The first batch of three T-407 helicopters was delivered to the Iraqi Army in December 2011, to train pilots in operation and maintenance of the helicopters.
Equipped with intelligence and data-link capabilities, the Bell 407 is a single-engine multipurpose utility helicopter, designed to support Iraqi military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and counter-terrorism operations.
Image: The Iraqi Army's three recently delivered Bell 407 Scout helicopters. Photo: courtesy of Lauren Smith, AMCOM.