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Iraq to receive armed 407GX helos to offset IA-407 losses

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  1. Zarvan

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    Iraq is to receive five armed Bell 407GX helicopters that will be similar in configuration to the NorthStar Aviation 407 MRH (pictured). Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings

    Iraq is to procure five armed Bell 407GX helicopters to offset IA-407s that have been lost over the battlefield in recent years.

    The procurement, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 4 October, covers the purchase of five of the JetRanger-derived helicopters, as well as weaponary and other equipment.

    Weapons included in the deal comprise FN Herstal M240 7.62 mm and M3P 12.7 mm machine guns; General Electric GAU-19 12.7 mm Gatling guns; and M260 70 mm rocket launchers configured for the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS).

    Systems and other equipment include: MX-15Di electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turrets; AN/AAR-60 MILDS automatic plume detectors; AN/ALE-47 airborne countermeasure dispensing systems; night vision goggle (NVG)-compatible lighting; ballistic armour; IR-suppressing exhaust systems; and other ancillary items.

    The weapons and systems will be integrated via the Tek Fusion Global Inc. (TFGI) Pathfinder mission management system (MMS) and Ares weapons management system (WMS), with the weapons being carried on a six-station Dillon Aero Mission Configurable Aircraft System (MCAS) weapons 'plank'.

    The total value of the deal is USD82.5 million.

    "The addition of five Bell 407GX helicopters will help compensate for the combat loss of seven IA-407 helicopters in recent years, and increase the Iraqi Security Forces' combat effectiveness against [the Islamic State] and other terrorist elements in Iraq," the DSCA said in its notification.

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  2. Malik Alashter

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    16.5 millions does it even worth 1.5 to pay for it that amount while we have millions of people under the line of poverty
     
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    That seems too overpriced, we should buy from Russia
     
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    When you have barely come out of open occupation to semi-occupation; you have to bear the costs.
    The sad bit are the people of Iraq who can’t seem to get any respite and are probably lost as to whose sins are they paying for.
     
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    Its not that it's about you buy what can saves you some money for other systems you need imagine this chopper for 6 millions not 16.5 you can buy more of them or buy armored vehicles to save lives
     
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