Iraq to Spend $1bn on Czech Attack Jets

By John Lee.

Iraq has agreed to buy 28 Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 advanced trainer/light-attack jets valued at $1 billion dollars (770 billions euros), a Czech defence ministry announced on Friday.

Agreement to buy the 24 new planes and four older army surplus aircraft was reached at the end of a two-day visit to Prague by Nouri al-Maliki.

Earlier in the week, Iraq and Russia announced a $4.2 billion arms agreement.

(Sources: Daily Star, Bloomberg, AFP)

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