US Sells 24 Apache Helicopters To Iraq

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And just like that, slowly but surely, the entire US foreign strategy vis-a-vis Iraq and its weapons of mass diversion destruction, is becoming all too clear.

From the US Defense Department

WASHINGTON, Jan 27, 2014-The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters  and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $4.8 billion.

The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 24 AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters, 56 T700-GE-701D Engines, 27 AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight, 27 AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 12 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars with Radar Electronics Unit (LONGBOW component),  28 AN/AAR-57(V)7 Common Missile Warning Systems, 28 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets, 28 AN/APR-39A(V)4 or APR-39C(V)2 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 28 AN/ALQ-136A(V)5 Radar Jammers, 52 AN/AVS-6, 90 Apache Aviator Integrated Helmets, 60 HELLFIRE Missile Launchers, and 480 AGM-114R HELLFIRE Missiles. Also included are AN/APR-48 Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers,  AN/APX-117 Identification Friend-or-Foe Transponders, Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation with Multi Mode Receiver, MXF-4027 UHF/VHF Radios, 30mm Automatic Chain Guns, Aircraft Ground Power Units, 2.75 in Hydra Rockets, 30mm rounds, M211 and M212 Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munitions flares, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, site surveys, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, design and construction, and other related elements of logistics support.  The estimated cost is $4.8 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner.  This proposed sale directly supports the Iraq government and serves the interests of the Iraqi people and the United States. 

This proposed sale supports the strategic interests of the United States by providing Iraq with a critical capability to protect itself from terrorist and conventional threats, to enhance the protection of key oil infrastructure and platforms, and to reinforce Iraqi sovereignty.  This proposed sale of AH-64E APACHE helicopters will support Iraq’s efforts to establish a fleet of multi-mission attack helicopters capable of meeting its requirements for close air support, armed reconnaissance and anti-tank warfare missions.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be The Boeing Company in Mesa, Arizona; Lockheed Martin Corporation in Orlando, Florida; General Electric Company in Cincinnati, Ohio; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors in Owego, New York; Longbow Limited Liability Corporation in Orlando, Florida; and Raytheon Corporation in Tucson, Arizona.  There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of three U.S. Government and two hundred contractor representatives to Iraq to support delivery of the Apache helicopters and provide support and equipment familiarization.  In addition, Iraq has expressed an interest in a Technical Assistance Fielding Team for in-country pilot and maintenance training.  To support the requirement a team of 12 personnel (one military team leader and 11 contractors) would be deployed to Iraq for approximately three years. Also, this program will require multiple trips involving U.S. Government and contractor personnel to participate in program and technical reviews, training and installation.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:50 | 4372412 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Once Iran over runs Iraq, they'll really have fun with those Apaches.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:52 | 4372415 Charles Wilson
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Thez dun' fly like ones on my Playstation, eh, Abdul?

 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:54 | 4372429 StacksOnStacks
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Apache, jump on it, jump on it...

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:00 | 4372463 SoberOne
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I assume any profits will be directly deposited into my account, right?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:04 | 4372473 CrazyCooter
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Wasn't there a Beetle Bailey cartoon about flying helecopters upside down ... ?

Regards,

Cooter

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:08 | 4372489 NoDebt
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Doesn't matter, the Apache is being phased out by the new AirWolf helicoper that can hit mach and fly upside-down.  

UNFORTUNATELY.... there's only one guy who can control it in flight and he lives alone in the desert and plays the cello.  So... it might be kind of a long replacement cycle.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:13 | 4372522 SilverIsKing
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I think they should change the name from Apache to Native American.  It seems kind of racist to refer to a killing machine as an indian tribe.  

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:36 | 4372596 AvoidingTaxation
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500mio USD each? Inflation?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:40 | 4372618 0b1knob
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Those aren't weapons of mass destruction.   Those are good Christian capitalist weapons which use use fragmentation and pyrohellfire missles to convert bad communists to good communists.   All in the name of our god mammon, Goldman sachs and Dear Leader Obama.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:31 | 4372779 TruthInSunshine
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"What difference does it make!"

- Billary Clinton 2016

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 19:09 | 4372888 johnQpublic
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i will never forget how surprised i was as a young man during the first gulf war, to find we were fighting against our own equipment, and to see the russian model iraqi tanks wired wih all our clearly marked commo equipment

i thought, how on earth could we possibly sell stuff we might have to run up against ata future date

 

sooo naive

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 20:43 | 4373197 New England Patriot
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Still a pretty sweet picture.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:50 | 4372640 Quantum Nucleonics
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The aircraft itself costs about $50 - 60 million, depending on how you trick it out.  The balance is for the service contract and spare parts. Yes, Iraq is paying 90% markup for the end to end extended warranty and Truecoat.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:53 | 4372652 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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I assume we printed the money to pay for these, and then gave that money to the Iraqis so they could "buy" them from us.

 

Where is Jonathan Swift when you need him...

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 20:05 | 4373068 Clever Name
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This is how the "war will pay for itself".

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:56 | 4372672 The Gooch
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+1 if that's a Fargo reference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZejGJfodoQ

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 20:28 | 4373131 Berspankme
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Does it include free oil changes like my toyota?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:14 | 4372731 The.Harmless.Who
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His name is Peter Stringfellow (Hawk) to us Brits... 

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1045000/images/_1048700_peter_stringfellow300.jpg

 

 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:46 | 4372829 max2205
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Why don't we split the 5 billion for every head of household

They got 3 trillion in cash 9 years ago.

Why why do we waste all this money on people that hate us....oh wait

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:52 | 4372842 Agent P
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Somebody get me Ernest Brognine! 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 22:55 | 4373690 Normalcy Bias
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You KNOW shit's getting serious when we mobilize Jan-Michael Vincent!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:12 | 4372507 Lore
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The ultimate vendor: supply the goods, AND the means to pay for them.

How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish (Guardian, 2007)

...Unless the Iraqis intend to pay using those truckloads of gold that got 'liberated' (where else could they be?): 

Trucks in Iraq with thousands of gold bars stashed in them

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:21 | 4372551 European American
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Rather see them in Iraq than in the skys above America piloted by the DHS.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:44 | 4372627 WarPony
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that's old school, dhs will have block 4 Comanches, and the uav fire scouts.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:54 | 4372660 Quantum Nucleonics
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Uhh, the Comanche was cancelled more than a decade ago, before production started.  DHS will just have to go with retired A-10's borrowed from the Air Force.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 20:15 | 4373086 lakecity55
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dhs will just lay down a fog of persistent nerve gas, 1 city at a time, using drones.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:53 | 4372430 King_Julian
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After the Ayatollahs took over, the Iranians were using Grumman F-14s with "black market" parts for over 15 years. They might still have them too.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:55 | 4372441 chubbar
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The MIC needs to be fed. Besides, we have to have something to blow up in the next unauthorized conflict. It's a win-win!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:18 | 4372534 TheMeatTrapper
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The MIC needs to be fed

Exactly! Fed first by taxpayer dollars to invade a country. Fed second to equip an army to secure, hold and rebuild that country, then when people get tired of dieing in a useless war, fed by funneling foreign aid to that country so they can buy weapons.

Tax dollars to the MIC in a never ending stream. 

Too bad we were never warned about the possibility of this happening. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:11 | 4372508 freewolf7
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All woars are bankers' woars.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:19 | 4372535 Mr Pink
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War...what i$ it good for?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 03:15 | 4374216 myne
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Is anyone able to put a tachometer on Bill Hicks?

I'm pretty sure his coffin is spinning like an Iranian centrifuge.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqBOMBSDQsI&t=0h0m48s

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:52 | 4372417 King_Julian
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It's for the children!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:57 | 4372451 Millivanilli
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HAHAH

 

What kind of legacy would we leave the children if they didn't have more mass killing machinery!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:00 | 4372465 TheGardener
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Awesome beasts. But at 200 million each ?

Without public procurement peculiarities they would sell for
a still steep price of 10 million each, still 6 million above any recovering nations budget of benevolent foreign financiers largess.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:17 | 4372532 Emergency Ward
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Obama loans them US taxpayer dollars for the purchases.....it's all a nice, neat little package....

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 22:56 | 4373691 Escapedgoat
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The only drawback is, if the Iraquis use the Fiat Paper Promises to, .... BUY HOTELS  and OTHER ASSETS, overseas.

Now I would call that,  MIS-ALLOCATION of  of all intended purposes for the TPTB.

Deal with that one.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:52 | 4372418 nuclearsquid
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Jeez $200 million is a bargain.  We should have tried to sell them blimps for $466 million each.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 18:32 | 4372783 SilverRhino
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200 million is INSANE for a helicopter.   I remember my dad (AH-1 gunship pilot back in the early 80's) bitching about how they cost 12 million dollars for one compared to a a couple of million for a Cobra.  [He turned down their offer to fly them and retired]

 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:53 | 4372422 sdmjake
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FUCK THE WAR MACHINE!! Enough already.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:56 | 4372425 Millivanilli
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Obama is the winner for the largest arms sale in history.  Saudi arabia, a tyrannical regime, purchased 60 billion in killing machinery in 2011. 

 

Mubarak got 2 billion a year while he  tortured anyone who wrote a bad thing about his regime.  After the overthrow the Chicago family behind General dynamics and Obama made sure the Abrahms tank sale went through.

Arms control... FUCK YOU, OBAMA.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:10 | 4372501 Kreditanstalt
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Nobel Piss Prize winner!

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:25 | 4372546 Emergency Ward
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Fuck all the warmongering presidents, congressmen, military hawks, and their think tank cheerleaders and media supporters with an ICBM-sized war boner......

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 20:11 | 4373078 lakecity55
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Bath House holds that title for gun sales in the US alone.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:53 | 4372428 29.5 hours
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If the U.S. leaves enough WMD in Iraq, they will serve as a good excuse to invade again when it is more convenient.

 

 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:56 | 4372438 dontgoforit
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Like raping yourself with your own dick....

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:55 | 4372435 I am Jobe
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Yes USSA wants to Spread Democracy . More Wars in the Name of Democracy. 

WAR IS PEACE BITCHEZZ- AMERIKAN VALUES ROCKS 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:55 | 4372437 TideFighter
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Awful expensive targets for the Global Hawk drones. 

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:56 | 4372440 Sudden Debt
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well... Sadam got his weapons from America... so why should the next one not get them from America right?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 16:59 | 4372453 NoDebt
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Agreed.  Fair's fair.

Besides, if they don't buy them from us they'll just buy them from somebody else.

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