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    Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    '(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp this week will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, marking what Baghdad's envoy to the United States called a "new chapter" in his country's ability to defend its vast borders with Iran and other neighbors.'

    Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week | Reuters

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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Wonder how long it will be before sense those aircraft flying against the U.S.

    Those that don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. The U.S. Hasn't learned not to arm people we might be in conflict with tomorrow.

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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Wonder how long it will be before sense those aircraft flying against the U.S.

    Those that don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. The U.S. Hasn't learned not to arm people we might be in conflict with tomorrow.
    The F16 is actually a good fighter to sell them, one of the few things we manufacture.
    A good fighter with limited range.

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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    The F16 is actually a good fighter to sell them, one of the few things we manufacture.
    A good fighter with limited range.
    I don't think anyone should be selling those crazy-ass crackpots anything more advanced than an F-104 or F-4.

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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Wonder how long it will be before sense those aircraft flying against the U.S.

    Those that don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. The U.S. Hasn't learned not to arm people we might be in conflict with tomorrow.
    We should sell them lots more stuff. Hell we should sell F-16s to the Iranians. And anybody else who wants them. The enemy of my enemy is my customer.
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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    We should sell them lots more stuff. Hell we should sell F-16s to the Iranians. And anybody else who wants them. The enemy of my enemy is my customer.
    And if Iraq cuts us off, who they going to get parts for them The Iranians have that problem with the F-14s we sold them, and it is the main reason the US Navy destroyed the planes when they were retired.

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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    And if Iraq cuts us off, who they going to get parts for them The Iranians have that problem with the F-14s we sold them, and it is the main reason the US Navy destroyed the planes when they were retired.
    Amongst other reasons. The best market to corner is the defense market. If you are the go to market for weapons, its very unlikely that someone would mess with you in the first place as they have a first hand account of how good your stuff is.
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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    Amongst other reasons. The best market to corner is the defense market. If you are the go to market for weapons, its very unlikely that someone would mess with you in the first place as they have a first hand account of how good your stuff is.
    Yep. We sell Iraq these F-16s to keep them from buying MiGs which Russia would have no issue with. I am not concerned about 36 F-16s. Iran can barely keep a few of it's F-14s flying and that is using Russian engines and Russian avionics/weapons systems. I would see the same happening to Iraq. Now could China get their hands on one and reverse engineer parts.... maybe. the old Soviet Union got an F-14 from Iran some claim back in the 1980s.

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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post
    Yep. We sell Iraq these F-16s to keep them from buying MiGs which Russia would have no issue with. I am not concerned about 36 F-16s. Iran can barely keep a few of it's F-14s flying and that is using Russian engines and Russian avionics/weapons systems. I would see the same happening to Iraq. Now could China get their hands on one and reverse engineer parts.... maybe. the old Soviet Union got an F-14 from Iran some claim back in the 1980s.
    Hell if the Chinese and Russians want to buy F-16's by the lot we should sell them. We should sell them the F-22 and the F-35 while we are at it. We should sell C-130's M-1 Tanks AH-64 Helicopters, practically anything and everything. The more we sell the merrier. We should be actively trying to corner the defense market very much like DeBeers corners the diamond market. If you want something that goes boom, you get it from us. Not the Chinese or the Russians or the Europeans. Us.
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    Re: Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    '(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp this week will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, marking what Baghdad's envoy to the United States called a "new chapter" in his country's ability to defend its vast borders with Iran and other neighbors.'

    Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week | Reuters
    I hope they paid for them. I would feel bad if the U.S. gave them to them.

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