First F-16's arrive in Iraq under US contract

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Unread post17 Jul 2015, 07:23

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07 ... -contract/

First F-16s arrive in Iraq under US contract
Published July 13, 2015FoxNews.com

The first batch of U.S.-provided F-16s has arrived in Iraq, following a string of delays over security and other concerns.

The big question overhanging the shipment, though, is whether the Iraqis can fly them.

The Obama administration said Monday that the first group of Iraqi pilots has been trained.

"After years of preparation & training in the U.S., Iraqi pilots today landed the 1st squadron of Iraqi F16s in #Iraq," tweeted Brett McGurk, deputy special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL.

The fighter jets were delivered as part of a foreign military sales contract between the U.S. and Iraq. The delivery comes as, separately, local forces undertake an operation to recapture Fallujah and Ramadi from the Islamic State.

The Iraqis purchased 18 F-16s in 2011 for $3 billion, and another 18 for $830 million two years later, for a total of 36 aircraft.

There have been numerous delays in getting the F-16s to Iraq, mostly because of the deteriorating security situation there, a Pentagon spokesman said earlier this year.

The U.S. Air Force has been training dozens of Iraqi pilots in the U.S. during that period.

How prepared they will be remains to be seen, and defense aviation experts voiced concerns earlier this year.

Pierre Sprey, a defense analyst who helped to design the concept that led to the original F-16 in the 1970's, told FoxNews.com, "It takes an entire culture to make a fighter pilot. Here we go starting these guys off on F-16s, and there is not a chance that in the next 20 years they will be able to fly them effectively."

Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson, FoxNews.com's Kelley Vlahos, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Unread post18 Jul 2015, 11:05

July 10, 2015 making stop at the Azores (photo by Joao Toste)
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Iraq---A ... 2674297/L/

So, 1601 didn't crash..
http://www.f-16.net/f-16-news-article4960.html
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Unread post18 Jul 2015, 11:20

No it's is F16C number 1609 that crashed after what i foundt outon the web.I was also confused :? when i see this Pictures of it landing in Iraq.
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Unread post18 Jul 2015, 13:59

tbarlow wrote:Published July 13, 2015FoxNews.com

The big question overhanging the shipment, though, is whether the Iraqis can fly them.

And why FoxNews are wondering! it's not even space shuttle..
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Unread post18 Jul 2015, 20:45

Pierre Sprey, a defense analyst who helped to design the concept that led to the original F-16 in the 1970's, told FoxNews.com, "It takes an entire culture to make a fighter pilot. Here we go starting these guys off on F-16s, and there is not a chance that in the next 20 years they will be able to fly them effectively."


What an *******.

I thought the F-16 was so simple, and not complex... now it takes 20 years huh?
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Unread post20 Jul 2015, 21:13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... aELWDx_N_w

Iraqi brass inspecting the newly arrived Vipers.
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Unread post24 Jul 2015, 20:36

I certainly hope that was just a taxi demo. They both got in san any harnesses. :shock:
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Unread post26 Jul 2015, 20:35

And if that old dude's zipper gets any higher he's gonna choke himself...
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Unread post30 Jul 2015, 00:07

ruderamronbo wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SaELWDx_N_w


Why there's no HUD repeater box on the back cabin?
For what I know all export Block 50+/52+ have this feature..
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Unread post31 Jul 2015, 22:25

stratosfear wrote:Why there's no HUD repeater box on the back cabin?
For what I know all export Block 50+/52+ have this feature..
I believe the HUD repeater is an option. I'm unsure of the exact criteria for selecting it but I think if plans call for using the sedan in a combat role with the GIB as a WSO (like the Israeli F-16I) then they might opt for it. Iraq appears not to have selected it but in later batches they might.
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Unread post07 Aug 2015, 22:59

Iraq supposed to receive 36 but one is lost in US in an accident and the pilot killed , is that means they will receive 35 or a replacement is going to be built ?
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Unread post09 Aug 2015, 21:27

oldiaf wrote:Iraq supposed to receive 36 but one is lost in US in an accident and the pilot killed , is that means they will receive 35 or a replacement is going to be built ?


My understanding is that they go with what they got and no "replacement" will be purchased.
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Unread post10 Aug 2015, 00:43

dlaf16wssm wrote:
oldiaf wrote:Iraq supposed to receive 36 but one is lost in US in an accident and the pilot killed , is that means they will receive 35 or a replacement is going to be built ?


My understanding is that they go with what they got and no "replacement" will be purchased.

Any source or confirmation for this ?

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