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Thursday, April 7, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Sale of advanced radars will allow Iraq to assume more U.S. military functions

WASHINGTON — The United States has approved an Iraqi request for military radars.


The administration of President Barack Obama has notified Congress that the United States would sell Firefinder radar systems to Iraq. Under the proposal, Iraq would receive six AN/TPQ-36 [V]10 radars as well as other systems in a sale estimated at $299 million.

"The proposed sale of the Firefinder radars will advance Iraq's efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability and to develop a strong and dedicated military force," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. "The Firefinder radars will enable Iraq to assume some of the missions currently accomplished by U.S. and coalition forces and to sustain itself in its efforts to establish stability to Iraq."

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In a statement on March 30, the Defense Department agency said Iraq has also requested 18 AN/TPQ-48 lightweight counter-mortar radars, three Meteorological Measuring Sets, 36 export variant Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems, six Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems and three Position and Azimuth Determining Systems.

"The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region," the agency said.

Congress, with 30 days to review the sale, was expected to approve the Iraqi deal, which would require three years of training and logistics support. Officials said the the prime contractors would include Thales Raytheon Systems, Northrop Grumman, Smith-Detection Technologies and ITT.

"There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale," the agency said.

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