Iraqi Defence Minister Cuma Anad Sadun stated in a program he attended that they are interested in Turkish Defence Industry products.
Iraqi Defence Minister Cuma Anad Sadun was a guest on the news program of Alsharqiya television channel on August 27, 2021. Answering the questions posed to him in the program, Minister Sadun talked about the foreign military systems they were interested in and made important statements on this subject.
It was stated that Iraq is interested in Turkish Defence Industry products in this context. Among the systems mentioned by Minister Sadun in the program, Bayraktar TB2 Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; T129 ATAK Helicopter and electronic warfare systems took place.
In this context, it is alleged that Iraq has reached an agreement and wants to buy 12 units of T129 ATAK Helicopters and has submitted an offer for 6 units of Turkish-made electronic warfare systems. According to some statements on social media, it is claimed that the intended electronic warfare system is KORAL Mobile Electronic Warfare System.
Defence Industry Cooperation Agreement signed with Iraq
Defence Industry Cooperation Agreement between Turkey and Iraq was signed at IDEF 15th International Defence Industry Fair. The signatures were signed by Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of the Presidency of Defence Industries, and Mohamed Saheb Al-Daraji, Chairman of the Military Industrialization Board of the Republic of Iraq.
The agreement covers the principles of mutual cooperation activities to be carried out in the field of defence industry between the two countries by institutionalizing the cooperation between Turkey and Iraq.
The Defence Industry Cooperation Agreement includes the direct supply, development, production, sale of all kinds of defence industry products and services needed by the security organizations of the parties, maintenance, modernization of the systems and platforms in the inventory, technology transfer, training, information and document exchange.
The “Defence Industry Cooperation Meetings” to be held at regular intervals and the official and technical delegation visits that ensure the maturation and follow-up of the cooperation issues determined in these meetings will also be carried out within the scope of this agreement.
“More than 10 countries are in line to get Bayraktar TB2”
Baykar Defense Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar, who attended the Gebze Technical University Aviation and Space Summit 2 event, gave important information about Baykar Defense activities. Referring to Bayraktar TB2’s successful missions in Azerbaijan, Selçuk Bayraktar stated that TB2 has been exported to 4 countries and 10 countries are in the line, and contracts with these countries have been completed or are about to be completed.
T129 ATAK Helicopter
The T129 ATAK Helicopter was developed by using national capabilities specific to Turkey in order to meet the attack helicopter need of the Turkish Armed Forces. The mission and weapon systems of the T129 ATAK Helicopter have been developed with national means and capabilities in line with the operational needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. The performance of the T129 ATAK Helicopter has been optimized for demanding “hot weather-high altitude” missions, and it effectively functions in the operations of the Turkish Armed Forces with its high manoeuvrability and performance capability in day and night conditions.