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.

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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