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Irak received its last F-16IQ

The last of 36 F-16IQ Fighting Falcon aircraft arrived external link in Iraq on May 3.

The final F 16IQ arrived in Irak Iraqi Air Force F-16IQ (Picture source: US Air Force)

Having ordered its F-16IQs in two batches of 18 aircraft during 2011 and 2012, the Iraqi Air Force received its first one in late 2014. However, because of the critical security situation in the country at that time, Iraqi pilots and maintainers trained on their new aircraft alongside the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing at Tucson, Arizona.

The F-16IQ’s first reported combat mission came in April 2018, with a raid being flown against Islamic State targets in Syria. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced in early April this year that a new batch of F-16s would soon arrive at the Balad Air Base as part of the agreement between Iraq and the US.