Iraqi Security and Defense Committee recommends acquiring Russian S-400 ADS

An Iraqi parliamentary committee has recommended acquiring the S-400 ground-based air-defence system, learned GDC quoting Iraqi Press.

Iraq has become the latest country to consider acquiring the Russian-made S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name SA-21 ‘Growler’), the Iraqi press reported on 18 April.

According to a report from the Al Sabaah newspaper, the country’s Parliamentary Security and Defence committee had submitted a report to the Iraqi prime minister’s office recommending the acquisition of the S-400.

The country had previously announced in January that it would be examining potential offerings from China, Russia, and Ukraine.

The US Army currently deployed MIM-104 PAC3 missile defense system in Iraq to protect American citizens and military personnel at American bases. The S-400 would certainly create conflict of interest with the USA.

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The acquisition will have to await approval of the country’s prime minister, with the post currently vacant. Former director of the country’s National Intelligence Service Mustafa al-Khadimi is currently the prime minister designate and is negotiating with other parties to form a coalition government.

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