Iraq Inks Contracts With US, France to Receive Advanced Weapons
23:57 GMT 08.05.2022 (Updated: 16:45 GMT 08.01.2023)
© US ArmyThe M777A2 and M777ER side by side at a test site. Retrofitting an M777A2 howitzer into an M777ER—the “ER” stands for extended range—only requires changing five components, which add little additional weight or cost. The long-range cannon project team is evaluating whether equipping artillery batteries with the extended-range howitzer plus new radar and tracking systems can increase their firepower while the Army develops more significant modernization solutions for long-range precision fires. (Photos courtesy of the authors)
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Iraqi Defense Ministry has signed contracts with the United States and France to receive advanced weaponry and improve the quality of Iraq's artillery systems, Maj. Gen. Abd Ardawi, the commander of the Iraqi artillery forces, said on Sunday.
"The ministry has concluded contracts with France and US to import advanced weapons, including artillery, which has proven in the recent period and effectively its influence in all battles with the terrorist gangs of Daesh*," Ardawi told the Iraqi News Agency.
According to the major general, the Iraqi authorities continue developing the security service's combat capabilities by importing long-barrel guns that can target an enemy at long distances and have proven their effectiveness.
Ardawi also stressed that the import of new guns will be a part of the agreements with European countries.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia and many other states