US STATE Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of two Cessna AC-208B Combat Caravan aircraft and related equipment, training, and support. The proposed order, worth an estimated $65.3 million, was announced today, October 7, by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which had notified Congress of this possible sale earlier.
In addition to the aircraft, the request from the Government of Iraq includes: dual rail LAU-131 Hellfire launcher capability on each wing, AN/ALE-47 electronic countermeasure dispenser, AN/AAR-60 missile launch warning system, AN/AAQ-35 electro-optical infrared imaging system, contractor aircraft modifications, spare parts, publication updates, aircraft ferry and miscellaneous parts.
Iraq originally purchased three AC-208Bs and three standard Cessna 208Bs in 2008. They are used to support Iraqi military operations against al-Qaeda affiliate and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces. The purchase of two additional aircraft enables the Iraqi Air Force to continue its fight against ISIL.
The principal contractor will be Orbital ATK of Falls Church, Virginia. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.