Report: Iraq Considers Mig-29 Fighter Buy

(Russian Aircraft Corporation Photo)

Iraq is considering a buy of Russian Mig-29 fighter jets as it attempts to bolster its air defenses, according to press reports our of Baghdad.

Per AFP:

Discussions were also said to be underway for Iraq’s eventual acquisition of a large batch of Russian MiG-29 fighters and helicopters along with heavy weaponry. 

Iraq is already purchasing 18 Lockheed Martin F-16s and is considering a second batch of 18 aircraft. The F-16 is a multirole jet, meaning it can attack targets in the air and on the ground.

The Mig-29 is an air-superiority fighter, however some versions have an air-to-ground capability.

Iraq used to fly Mig-29s prior to the U.S. invasion in 1991.

More than 1600 MiG-29s  are operated by the Russian air force and 25 other countries, according to the Russian Aircraft Corporation website.

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