U.S. Speeds Delivery of UAVs, Hellfires to Iraq

Scan EagleThe U.S. government said this week that it will expedite foreign military sales (FMS) to Iraq, including deliveries of small UAVs and Hellfire missiles, to help stem spiraling violence in Anbar Province. The weaponry is part of a “holistic” strategy the U.S. and Iraqi governments are pursuing to dislodge al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, officials said.

On January 6, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the U.S. will deliver 10 Insitu ScanEagle UAVs to Iraq “in the coming weeks” and 48 hand-launched AeroVironment Ravens “later this year.” The Iraqi government will use the unarmed UAVs to “track terrorist elements operating within the country,” he said.

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