Iraq To Get Advanced Modern Air Defense System: Official

Iraqi Air Defense Commander Lieutenant-General Maan Al-Saadi has revealed a plan to get an “advanced modern” air defense system this year to help protect the country’s airspace.

Without revealing the supplier’s identity, Al-Saadi told Iraqi News Agency that “contracts were signed” recently “to support the Air Defense Command and raise combat capabilities.”

The Lieutenant-General disclosed the plan on the sidelines of the Air Defense Command’s celebration of the twenty-ninth anniversary of the establishment of the air defense class.

Al-Saadi added that there have been lots of achievements since the establishment of the command’s class in the process of detecting missiles or artillery and enabling it to control it through the airspace. 

Al-Saadi hoped to get the advanced modern system soon in addition to the available systems which help increase the combat capabilities of air defense and enhance the protection of the airspace.

According to Al-Saadi, they have anti-drone systems to deal with small drones, but they are limited to a few.

“The Prime Minister and Minister of Defense are looking to get more and better quality of the anti-drone system in order to quell any possible threat against vital places across Iraq, especially in Baghdad,” Al-Saadi added.

Al-Saadi furthered that the Iraqi military’s air defense officials have submitted a draft to the defense counsel to further bolster its air defense and now waiting for the decision.


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