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Wednesday, June 29, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

U.S. trains Iraqis in helicopter maintenance

BAGHDAD — The Iraq Army has been undergoing training to maintain its growing helicopter fleet.


The U.S. military has been instructing Iraqi officers to establish and operate a helicopter maintenance network, Middle East Newsline reported. Officials said the four-year effort was meant to support both U.S.- and Russian-origin helicopters employed by the Iraqi Army Aviation Command.

"We have been training the Iraqis on back-shop maintenance and general safety practices," U.S. Air Force TSgt Derrick S. Hatcher said. "As a result, we have given the Iraqis the tools and training needed to fully function as a professional maintenance organization capable of intermediate-level repair."

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In May, the U.S. military oversaw a ceremony for the opening of a metals technology and sheet metal shop in Iraq's largest maintenance hangar. The ceremony at Camp Taji commemorated the construction of two maintenance shops, meant to provide first and second-level repair capability for Mi-171E, UH-1, T-407 and EC-635 aircraft.

The Mi-17 is a Russian helicopter while the UH-1, Iriquois, T-407 were produced in the United States. The EC-635 is a French-origin platform.

"This accomplishment significantly advances the Iraqi Army Aviation Command's organic structural-repair capability to enhance overall fleet readiness," U.S. adviser Maj. Claudio Covacci said.

In 2011, the Iraqi Army Aviation Command assumed responsibility for all periodic inspection and maintenance activities. So far, the Iraqi personnel have been supervised by U.S. civilian contractors, many of whom were expected to leave Iraq with the U.S. military in late 2011.

"Over the last several years, the Iraqi Army Aviation Command sheet metal and machine shop technicians have been incrementally growing to maturity," Covacci said. "The newly-acquired repair facilities provide a state-of-the-art capability that builds trust and confidence in Iraqi flying operations."

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