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"F-16s are only suitable for parades": Polish press on the state of Iraqi fighters

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The Iraqi F-16 fighters purchased from the United States, after only a few years of operation, turned out to be unable to perform combat missions and are only suitable to delight the public at military parades.


Fighters without trust


This is reported by the Polish publication Defense24, indicating that the main reasons for the degradation of the F-16 fleet lie in a lack of finance and widespread corruption, which has affected, among other things, the Balad airbase, where the cars are located.

Currently, the Iraqi Air Force is in service with 34 F-16s, delivered in 2014-2017 under the 2011 contract (2 units lost in plane crashes).

F-16IQ aircraft theoretically comply with the F-16C / D Block 52+ standard, but their combat capabilities have been curtailed by the Americans. This applies in particular to the available for use armsIraq received not the latest AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range missiles or the standard AIM-120C AMRAAM medium-range missiles, but the much older AIM-7M-F1 / H Sparrow and AIM-9L. As for weapons to destroy ground targets, the arsenal includes gravity bombs and guided missiles Paveway II / III of the old generation, as well as AGM-65D / G / H / K Maverick missiles.

It is clear that Iraq does not enjoy the full confidence of the American administration and cannot count on the latest weapons, but the supplied equipment will be sufficient to carry out the tasks, namely the fight against ISIS [prohibited in the Russian Federation]. However, the Iraqi F-16 fails to adequately cope with this threat.

- writes the Polish edition, pointing out that already in the middle of last year there was information about the suitability for flights of no more than 20% of machines. At least 10 F-16IQs were constantly on the ground, and the rest had problems with spare parts, especially with key elements of avionics and radar.



Complete paralysis of the park


These are the most complex and costly components, and the Iraqi personnel are poor at maintaining them.

- the press notes.

In December 2020, Iraqi F-16s completely stopped performing tasks within the international coalition against ISIS. As stated in Iraqi reports, no more than seven vehicles are in combat readiness "without serious risk [of use]", but their further operation will require the removal of missing parts from other vehicles.

Against this background, on January 6 of this year, 24 F-16IQs took part in the military parade, that is, 2/3 of the entire fleet. However, according to Defense24, most of them did not have serviceable weapons systems, radars, and sometimes avionics modules. Some of them used backup systems instead of the main ones during the flight. As a result, it is concluded that they are not full-fledged combat units and are only suitable for parades and celebrations.

The main source of this is corruption in Iraq, lack of support from the United States and poor preparation.

- indicates the publication, noting that in January 2020, after the assassination of General Soleimani, Lockheed Martin withdrew its personnel from Iraq, which for several years trained and supported the Iraqis in handling the F-16.

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  1. marchcat
    marchcat 16 January 2021 09: 14
    +1
    Whose occupation is Iraq? That is why such planes are from the occupier. Why is Poland suddenly so gloating, what is the logic?
    1. APASUS
      APASUS 16 January 2021 10: 05
      +2
      Quote: marchcat
      Why is Poland suddenly so gloating, what is the logic?

      This is a rather camouflaged Polish flattery of the Americans. And the criticism of Iraq, they say, could not keep the unique technique.
      One major problem the Americans have when exporting weapons to Asian countries is that they never take into account the local mentality.
      1. frruc
        frruc 16 January 2021 12: 54
        +2
        Fighters without trust-Reported by the Polish edition of Defense24

        Is that all right in Poland itself? crying I doubt very much.
    2. Semenov
      Semenov 16 January 2021 10: 15
      +15
      Quote: marchcat
      Why is Poland suddenly so gloating, what is the logic?

      Maybe he offers himself for occupation? They say that our equipment will be in good order.
    3. Incvizitor
      Incvizitor 16 January 2021 13: 52
      +1
      At the same time, they themselves dream of 35 ceremonies.
  2. Cowbra
    Cowbra 16 January 2021 09: 16
    +1
    They want to say. that everything was chocolate, but in January 2020 someone brought something out and in a year mechanics who were not trained by Lockheed ruined 80% of the aircraft fleet? I remember there were no problems with Soviet fighters. Maybe these F-16s were just initially junk?
    1. Revolver
      Revolver 16 January 2021 09: 31
      +12
      Quote: Cowbra
      Maybe these F-16s were just initially junk?

      Just Arabs - they are such Arabs. In the hands of white people, and even African Americans, F-16s serve well.
      Quote: Cowbra
      I remember there were no problems with Soviet fighters.
      While the Soviet advisers were there. And as the advisers were gone, they even managed to kill the unkillable MiG-21s.
      1. stoqn477
        stoqn477 16 January 2021 10: 31
        +2
        Quote: Nagan
        Just Arabs - they are such Arabs. In the hands of white people, and even African Americans, F-16s serve well.

        Give the Arab and the Star Wars X-wing to try to break him again.
      2. lucul
        lucul 16 January 2021 12: 40
        0
        Just Arabs - they are such Arabs. In the hands of white people, and even African Americans, F-16s serve well.

        And the Israelis tell us that the training there is no worse than the Soviet army)))
  3. Ros 56
    Ros 56 16 January 2021 09: 22
    0
    For some reason, the Poles have been rattling for any reason. Apparently the toad crushes that no one remembers them and there is nothing of their own. wassat
    1. Poetry
      Poetry 16 January 2021 09: 35
      +1
      Attention deficit disorder, in the language of psychiatry. lol
      1. Ros 56
        Ros 56 16 January 2021 13: 00
        0
        Someone felt sorry for the Poles, the minus was used. Foolish people, the Poles will not cease to be gayrope hyenas from this.
    2. Constanty
      Constanty 16 January 2021 11: 27
      0
      A very strange approach.
      More surprising and perplexing is how often it is mentioned here that the Polish press writes Probably only to cause negative emotions and comments about Poland, unfortunately.

    3. Pereira
      Pereira 16 January 2021 11: 51
      -1
      Thus, they position Poland as a country whose opinion is interesting to the world.
  4. Poetry
    Poetry 16 January 2021 09: 22
    +2
    If even the Poles write that way, it means that something is not kosher here, (as they say in Israel.)
    1. svp67
      svp67 16 January 2021 10: 11
      +2
      Quote: Poetiszaugla
      Even if Poles write like that

      So they are in the subject. Their units were in Iraq, in the American coalition ... I remember reading the memoirs of one of our pilots of a civilian transport airline serving a similar international contingent, he was very interesting in describing the relationship between the Americans and the Poles, who often sorted out "wall to wall". ..
      1. Poetry
        Poetry 16 January 2021 10: 38
        -2
        .. while the Americans are people of the first class, and the Poles are of the second or even illiquid assets. More or less like this?
        1. svp67
          svp67 16 January 2021 11: 02
          +2
          Quote: Poetiszaugla
          Like that?

          No, the author did not dig so deeply, but noted the fact of enmity ... although he noted that the Poles, although there were fewer, were more often used for loading and unloading, and after that the "military police" of the US Army arranged a tough search of the "zholzhniej" for the presence of alcohol ...
          1. Pereira
            Pereira 16 January 2021 11: 53
            0
            I would not blame the military police for this. Rather merit.
            1. svp67
              svp67 16 January 2021 11: 57
              +1
              Quote: Pereira
              I would not blame the military police for this. Rather merit.

              I will not argue ... "in each hut, their own toys"
    2. Constanty
      Constanty 16 January 2021 11: 28
      +4
      As for the F-16, who like who, but Poland has its own experience with a very similar version of the Block 52 +. Not only good.
      In Poland, about 27 of the 48 F-16s are currently on full combat readiness.
      Cannibalization of parts from other aircraft is common, and supplies of parts from the United States are sometimes significantly delayed.
      One of the F-16s was recently damaged by an American pilot! (who for some reason piloted a Polish plane).

      So the situation here in Poland is not the same as in Iraq.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 16 January 2021 12: 45
        +4
        "and supplies of spare parts from the USA are sometimes significantly delayed." ///
        ---
        Yes? And spare parts are delivered to Israel very quickly.
        Maybe different payment agreements?
        1. Constanty
          Constanty 16 January 2021 14: 11
          -1
          Well, yes - Poland pays more - pays at all - unlike Israel lol
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 16 January 2021 14: 53
            +5
            In Israel, the F-16 is on alert. And they fly on missions.
            So I'm trying to figure out what the differences are. For the supply of spare parts
            there are separate contracts, you have to pay.
            When Poland gets the F-35 it will be even more difficult: servicing it
            requires more time and effort. And more experienced technicians.
            1. Constanty
              Constanty 16 January 2021 15: 00
              +2
              Of course. Therefore, I consider it a mistake to buy the F-35 (like the F-16 - the flu for protection would be no worse and cheaper).
              However, with F-16 pilots and infrastructure, it would be more profitable to buy an F-16V and then upgrade the remaining F-16s to that level.
              And unfortunately (because these are excellent aircraft), the operation of the MiG 29 and Su-22 has ended.
            2. OgnennyiKotik
              OgnennyiKotik 16 January 2021 15: 07
              0
              Rather, they just save money. It makes no sense to keep the entire park in full readiness, the probability of war is about zero, you can get by 40-60% of the entire park. In case of an increase in the danger, raise to 100%, the time will be for preparation.
  5. YOUR
    YOUR 16 January 2021 09: 24
    -1
    The Polish press is serious, the Polish press knows everything.
  6. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 16 January 2021 09: 35
    +2
    ... about the suitability for flights of no more than 20% of cars
    And that's enough to show in parades. One might think that the Iraqi Air Force has made at least some contribution to the fight against terrorism. Have surrendered to the mercy of the Americans in their time, so reap the fruits of your "democratization". Personally, I absolutely don't care about the state of the Iraqi Air Force. It is strange that such a country still exists after the Americans have pretty much inherited there.
    1. Poetry
      Poetry 16 January 2021 09: 44
      +2
      The best officers of the Iraqi army, trained in Soviet military schools, left out of work went to the terrorists for their salaries.
  7. rocket757
    rocket757 16 January 2021 10: 27
    0
    It is clear that Iraq does not enjoy the full confidence of the American administration and cannot count on the latest weapons

    Well, yes, but the "gallantereyshchik" is in full confidence, with the "cardinal". And for him the buns will be the most delicious.
  8. dauria
    dauria 16 January 2021 11: 10
    +4
    gravity bombs


    What kind of beast is this so terrible? "Free fall", gentlemen translators. Well you are needed to "bring the peoples together." Enough with us and "merchandisers" (I still don't know who it is)
    1. andranick
      andranick 16 January 2021 12: 00
      +2
      And this is the fashion today. And the term "power" is often used, which is understandable by the mind, but does not have a definition in relation to the same projectile. At least I have not seen it anywhere before.
  9. iturup
    iturup 16 January 2021 12: 55
    +2
    Well, to listen to Poland, it is not to respect yourself, those still .. Iraq, as a state has long been gone, like Libya .. Iran only remained in the BV, well, Syria is under the protection of Russia.
    The fight goes on!
  10. Charik
    Charik 17 January 2021 11: 35
    0
    so in Iraq, some Mavericks behind the eyes against the Ishilov carts, yes, even though armored vehicles and Djibiyushek too