Iraq and Pakistan’s deal on JF-17 Thunder fighter jets

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JF-17 Thunder Block III fighter jet

Islamabad, 26 September 2021 (TDI): In a landmark defense deal between Iraq and Pakistan, Iraq is all set to buy twelve F-17 Thunder Block III fighter jets from Pakistan. The deal was approved by the governments of Pakistan and Iraq and is due to be signed in October this year.
The deal is finalized with the visit of the Iraqi defense delegation led by Deputy Commander Iraqi Air Force Major General (Pilot) Muhammad Majeed Mahdi Mahmood. General Mahdi is undertaking an official visit to Pakistan. The jets will be purchased in the amount of $664 million dollars, and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra, has started it production.
Iraqi Defence Minister Lieutenant General Juma Inad Saadoun, during his visit to Pakistan in May this year, held meetings with Pakistani leaders and officials and discussed Iraq’s interest to buy JF-17 Block III jets from Pakistan. Earlier in April, during a defense exhibition in Baghdad, Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder jets impressed the government of Iraq with their extraordinary performance.
Iraq is the third country after Argentina and Nigeria to purchase these fighter jets from Pakistan.

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