Iraq Interested in a 'Russian, French, or ROK Air Defence System'

Iraq Interested in a 'Russian, French, or ROK Air Defence System'
Iraq Interested in a 'Russian, French, or ROK Air Defence System'

The Iraqi government has set aside an undisclosed sum of money to acquire a foreign air defence system, according to The New Arab, quoting a member of the country's parliament.


According to Bader Al-Ziyadi, a member of the Iraqi parliament's security and defence committee, the allocation occurred since the country's budget had not previously set aside any funds for the purchase.

He went on to say that the government might purchase an air defence system from Russia, France, or the Republic of Korea (ROK). "Iraq needs a comprehensive air Defence system that covers the whole nation," the publication stated, quoting Al-Ziyadi.


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For some years, the Iraqi government has been looking for a Russian Air Defence system. In 2018, Hakim Al-Zamili, the head of the Iraqi parliament's security and defence committee, cited Russian news agency TASS as telling the newspaper Al-Ghad that the nation needed the S-400 Air Defence system to protect itself against attacks.

Al-Zamili also told the Amman-based source that the United States, which invaded the nation in 2003 and had a military presence for many years afterwards, was "unwilling" to offer technologies that provide "complete safety."

"That is why Iraq requires its own [anti-aircraft] systems," he continued. "It's our right to have them."