By John Lee.
Reuters reports that Iraq’s acting Minister for Defence, Sadoun al-Dulaimi (Sadun al-Dulaymi) (pictured), has been in Russia to negotiate the purchase of air surveillance equipment.
Hakim al-Zamili, a member of the parlimantary security and defence committee, told the news agency:
“There is a delegation, headed by the minister of defence and the commander of the air force, that went to Russia to negotiate the supply of early warning systems, radars and some other civil defence apparatuses.“
Iraqi officials say it will take years before they are able to defend their airspace again and the military has started building a new air force almost from scratch.
Iraq expects to take delivery of the first 24 of 36 F-16 fighter jets from the United States at the beginning of 2014.