Iraq is gaining an increasingly potent F-16 force at Balad airbase near Baghdad. The number of F-16s jets available for the fighter against so-called Islamic State (IS) has grown to ten after this week’s delivery of four more jets.
The Iraqi Air Force has 36 F-16s on order from Lockheed Martin. A number of aircraft remains stationed in the US for pilot training in Tucson, Arizona, while most of the jets will head to Iraq to join the Iraq Air Force’s 9 squadron at Balad. From there, the Iraqi F-16 have already been used in battling IS.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Air Force also gains more and more Aero Vodochody L-159 trainer and light attack jets from the Czech Republic. Furthermore, the first Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 Golden Eagle should soon also find its way to Iraq.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): An Iraqi Air Force F-16, seen here at Tucson IAP. (Image © Elmer van Hest
بحضور قائد القوة الجوية العراق يتسلم الوجبة الثالثة من مقاتلات F16 بعدد 4 مقاتلات من الولايات المتحدة pic.twitter.com/plQtzwVXno
— IRAQI AIR FORCE (@Iraqiairforce) 8 augustus 2016
A new batch of fighter jets L159 will be delivered to the Air Force soon pic.twitter.com/OOvHsiDPT2
— IRAQI AIR FORCE (@Iraqiairforce) 27 juli 2016