Iraq begins weapon purchase from Russia, China

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  1. Bangabandhu

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    as The United States proved to be an unreliable weapon supplier to Iraq's security forces, we moved towards Russia and China to help provide our military weapons. Iraq began purchasing weapons from Russia first, acquiring 40 Pantsir-S1 and Igla-S air defense systems as well as Kornet missiles. last year we order 70 T-90S tanks to supplement our M1 Abrams in service. It was our first newest Tank deal we done with Russia. Iraq plans to buy 2 battalions of S-400s, 500 BMP-3s, 30 BM-30s, 20 2S31 Self propelled Mortars, 30 2S19 Self Propelled Howitzers, 40 KA-52 Helicopters, and looking to buy 24 MiG-35s as well as having potential interest in the SU-30SME.

    during the War against Daesh, we purchased 20 CH-4B UAVs to help us give an edge against Daesh which we used to strike Daesh positions in Ramadi, Fallujah and other places. we loved this aid from China and we got loan from them to purchase weapons. in 2016 we ordered 1 brigade of HQ-9 (48 launchers) to protect our airspace. last month we also buy 20-30 CH-5 UAVs. we also signed to buy 130 VT-4 Tanks from China and have expressed in buying in 400 WZ551 APCs, 30 SH-1 Self propelled Howitzers and 20 A-100 Multiple rocket launchers.
     
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    I imagine the US had its reasons but as it is a nation has to look after its own interests and not that of others so good on Iraq for finding other sources to supply the equipment quicker.

    Not sure how well things will work going for both Chinese and Russian gear.. Mixing stuff tends to have a detrimental effect on the sustainment as you are supplying, training and maintaining two or more different items that perform the exact same task. Might eventually have to choose between one or the other or at very least mark Russian gear to the north and Chinese gear to the south (or vise versa).
     
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    The US was working with Kurds and that is their main interest. back under Hussein's Iraq we had China and Russia who were are top suppliers from 1979-1990. we can handle the maintence. though our military prefers Russian over Chinese, their is still weapons China has we need Russia does not have in production yet.
     
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    We completely lost in Iraq, spent billions of dollars, donated all of these weapons and now they are ordering weapons from someone other than us despite having setup their military after Saddam. Without the US ISIS would have overrun Baghdad but again we get nothing for helping.
     
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    @Pathfinder I liked that USA helped my country's army rebuild and help us fight Daesh I really do sir. The main reason we went to China, Russia we got tired of long waits for some equipment such as the F-16 for example. but after USA restarted Iraqi army modernization in 2004, you guys said we could not purchase from Russia or China which were our 2 largest weapon suppliers so many gears we needed could not be purchased. but once we received F-16 we began using against Daesh.
    The US was just playing a dangerous game sir helping the Kurdish and supporting our military. that's all we are really upset about is the aid between us and Peshmerga.
     
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