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US to supply Iraq 5000 Hellfire missiles worth $ 700 million

July 30, 2014, 12:50 UTC+3
"The missile directly supports the Government of Iraq and serves the interests of the people of Iraq and the United States”, the Pentagon says
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A helicopter fires a Hellfire air-to-surface missile (archive)

A helicopter fires a Hellfire air-to-surface missile (archive)

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WASHINGTON, July 30. / ITAR-TASS /. The US State Department has approved the deal of 5000 Hellfire air-land missiles AGM-114 that the Pentagon will give to Iraq, the Wall Street Journal reported. The total contract amount will be $ 700 million.

According to the Pentagon press release, "the missile directly supports the Government of Iraq and serves the interests of the people of Iraq and the United States”. It also noted that "Iraq will use the Hellfire missiles to help improve the Iraq Security Forces’ capability to support current ongoing ground operations."

The US Defense Ministry explained that the Iraqi armed forces that already possess rockets of this type should not have problems with their use. All the necessary equipment for missile use and transportation included to the cost.

An American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the production and supply of Hellfire missiles. These 5000 rockets have three versions of AGM-114 - K, N and R.

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