Iraq requests supply of additional ammunition from US

10 May 2015 (Last Updated May 10th, 2015 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of additional ammunition and associated equipment to Iraq.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of additional ammunition and associated equipment to Iraq.

Under the estimated $395m sale, the Iraqi Government has requested the supply of 5,000, 81mm high-explosive mortar ammunition, 684,000 M203 40mm high-explosive ammunition, 532,000 MK19 40mm high-explosive dual-purpose ammunition, and 40,000, 155mm high-explosives.

The package also includes small arms ammunition, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment. US Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, as well as other related elements of logistical and programme support will also be supplied as part of the deal.

"The proposed sale is critical in providing continued combat power capabilities as the government continues its fight against an organised insurgency of extremists."

The proposed sale is critical in providing continued combat power capabilities as the government continues its fight against an organised insurgency of extremists, including those belonging to Islamic State (IS) in the country.

Approved by the US State Department, the potential sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner, and also directly supports the Iraqi Government and serves the interests of the people of Iraq and the US.

American Ordinance and AMTEC have been named as prime contractors for the FMS programme.

Loaded with Composition B explosive, the 8mm high explosive cartridges are designed for use with the M252 81mm mortar system, and are used against personnel, bunker and light materiel targets.