Iraq buys Czech L-159 trainer jets
Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra recently announced at a press conference that the Czech Government has agreed to deliver 28 L-159 aircraft to Iraqi Air Force. Both Minister of Defence of the Republic of Iraq Sadoon AlDulaimi and Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Alexandr Vondra informed the media immediately after their return from the Aero Vodochody Company, the manufacturer of L-159 ALCA (attack light combat aircraft). Also Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq Nouri Al-Maliki visited the Aero company and participated in static and flight demonstrations. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki with his delegation met first with the Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas at the beginning of their visit on October 11, 2012, and confirmed ongoing interest in defence cooperation with the Czech Republic.
Negotiations on the delivery of L-159, which lasted two years, will significantly contribute both to defence capabilities of Iraq and will help introduce this type of aircraft to other markets, added Vondra.