Pakistan to train Iraqi air force, provide air craft

Published: February 10, 2014

prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessing an agreement signing between Pakistan Air Force and Iraq Air Force at PM House on Monday, February 10, 2014. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday agreed to provide training aircraft Super Mushshak to Iraq in addition to training the Iraq Air Defense Force personnel in modern air warfare.

During a meeting at PM House with Commander Iraqi Air Force General Anwer Hamad Ameen Ahmad Ahmed on Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan would provide assistance to Iraq in fields of training and development.

The premier said Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has a rich experience in training personnel’s of friendly countries and it would assist in developing Iraqi Air Force on modern grounds.

Federal Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanvir Hussain and Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt were also present at the occasion.

At the occasion PAF and Irqai Air Force signed two agreements. According to the first agreement PAF would provide training to Iraq Air Defense Force personnel, in all sphere of modern air force concept pertaining to different field special air defence, and air crew.

According to the second agreement Pakistan would also provide Super Mushshak Aircraft to Iraq.

Reader Comments (32)

  • umar
    Feb 10, 2014 - 11:32PM

    Great. Since we have spent a lot of resources on our defense. Lets increase our exports by selling defense goods and services to countries like Iraq, Saudi Arabia and African countries. If the defense industry manages to generate more of it;s own money, allocations for health and education sector can be increased.Recommend

  • umar
    Feb 10, 2014 - 11:32PM

    Great. Since we have spent a lot of resources on our defense. Lets increase our exports by selling defense goods and services to countries like Iraq, Saudi Arabia and African countries. If the defense industry manages to generate more of it;s own money, allocations for health and education sector can be increased.Recommend

  • kishan
    Feb 11, 2014 - 12:20AM

    Waiting for Indian trolls. Thanks ET for not filtering their hate

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Feb 11, 2014 - 12:29AM

    Agreement between two great warrior nations…………although several times knocked out with toothless mouths.

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  • Karachiwala
    Feb 11, 2014 - 1:02AM

    also teach them how to ignore drones in the vicinity.
    i guess its already in the subject course.

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  • Omar J., Karachi
    Feb 11, 2014 - 1:06AM

    According to the first agreement PAF would provide training to Iraq Air Defense Force personnel, in all sphere of modern air force concept pertaining to different field special air defence, and air crew.

    What do we have to teach Iraq here? Are we going to teach them how to turn off their Air Defense Systems and Radars? They can also then claim in case of any intrusion into their airspace that their forces are ready and capable, but the system was off.

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  • Gratgy
    Feb 11, 2014 - 1:44AM

    Iraqis want to learn how to use air power against their own people

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  • Feb 11, 2014 - 3:44AM

    God save the Iraqis. That’s all I can say.

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  • Usman
    Feb 11, 2014 - 5:40AM

    @Omar J., Karachi: If you’re concerned about our airspace, why don’t you vote in someone who doesn’t waste the country’s wealth on his kids. You vote for Bhutto and MQM, starve the country of funds and then cry why was the airspace not protected? Do you know the comparison of PAF budget with USAF, or even IAF? Feel free to keep quite any time now.
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    It’s the man in the aircraft that matters, and that’s where PAF is the best in the world, even after being crippled by politicians. An entire squadron of F-16s could have been bought ff the money stolen in the RRP and OGRA scams, along with the necessary radars. Make that happen first, then cry about Pakistan’s Air Defence.

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  • lmao
    Feb 11, 2014 - 8:52AM

    will this training include process of how not to respond when border checkposts are bombed or foreign helicopters enter national airspace to carry out covert operation? Im sure one key lesson would be how to shift blame no matter how grave the shortcomings of the airforce are. Good luck iraqi airforce.

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  • Sonya
    Feb 11, 2014 - 9:12AM

    I am not sure if it is in the interest of newly-become democratic Iraq to sign such a deal with a country who has a growing relations and often send mercenaries to Saudi Arabia and other small monarchies.

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  • Javeria Sheersz
    Feb 11, 2014 - 9:33AM

    Keep up the good work. Pakistan air force is capable of handling bigger things. I see more outsider interested than outsiders. Wow are the recommendations :-)

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  • Asad Khan
    Feb 11, 2014 - 9:55AM

    @Omar J., Karachi:

    What do we have to teach Iraq here? Are we going to teach them how to turn off their Air Defense Systems and Radars? They can also then claim in case of any intrusion into their airspace that their forces are ready and capable, but the system was off.

    Do not poppycoak anything if you do not know about the subject.

    Iraq AF under Saddam did tried to turn off the Systems, it tactic didn’t work & have cost them dearly.

    When forces are capable then only sneak peak attack are possible or unless there is a tacit nod involved from the other party.

    Iraq AF are trying to structure the AF from bottom up. She could have gone to Turkey or Russia for that matter but prefer to choose Pakistan because of past defence cooperation.

    regards,

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  • Kashif
    Feb 11, 2014 - 11:22AM

    That would be great. Pakistan is a truly a great aerial power. That can be gauged from the fact that in all of our wars with India, India was not able to achieve air superiority over us. Nor can India dare that in future too.

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  • Feb 11, 2014 - 12:52PM

    @Kashif: In your dream IAF is the mighty force in asia and has always maintained its superiority and superior status.Instead of chest thumping about as you mentioned about 4 wars with India then plz accept the truth that PAF can never face the IAF might in the sky.Remember pakistan lost all 4 wars and but not accepting i can just say that you are still living in denial.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Feb 11, 2014 - 2:56PM

    How about providing each other a guaranteed recipe for life long peace and prosperity instead of warships and what not to instill / encourage / instigate fighting ?

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  • Dhaka
    Feb 11, 2014 - 6:43PM

    Pakistan airforce personal trainings can be done in Bangladesh.

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  • Hailstorm
    Feb 11, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Iran will not be too pleased with this.

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  • Waseem Sarwar
    Feb 11, 2014 - 7:28PM

    @Dhaka:
    I got the joke. Do you people even have anything called aircraft in your country?

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  • Stranger
    Feb 11, 2014 - 8:56PM

    @Dhaka:
    Err… Just a gentle correction : it’s personnel and not personal.

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  • Terry
    Feb 12, 2014 - 12:50AM

    If Iraqis want to learn how to crash their planes, they can go to India

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  • Terry
    Feb 12, 2014 - 12:54AM

    @Vectra:
    Instead of reading what Indian government feeds you, you should consult independent sources about air superiority in both 1965 andn 1971 wars. Ir-respective who won or lost both wars, the simple fact is that Pakistan had complete air superiority in both wars. There is a lot of stuff available from independent and neutral sources that will testify this.

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  • IndianDude
    Feb 12, 2014 - 1:06AM

    @kishan
    “Waiting for Indian trolls…”
    kishan? really? Look who is trolling!
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  • Faceoff
    Feb 12, 2014 - 1:30AM

    @Dhaka:
    On the contrary, they were training them before 1971…but the Bengali’s never proved themselves to be good fighter pilots. But they turned to be good fighters later one.

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  • Faceoff
    Feb 12, 2014 - 1:32AM

    I suppose they are good. In the 65 war, one, M. Alam shot 8 Indian fighter jets in a matter of minutes.

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  • pakistani
    Feb 12, 2014 - 2:39AM

    @Vectra:
    yes… living in denial is you my friend… not pakistanis… wake up….

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  • Feb 12, 2014 - 2:50AM

    @Vectra: I agree with you that your have air superiority. But, whats the use of you so called air superiority?. Everything you fought for against us is still with us – Kashmir, Siachen, Kargil, Sir Creek, your water resources and much more. Your air superiority allowed us to take a piece of your country and create another nation out of it. So far your air superiority has only worked when it comes to bombing Waziristan and Fata.

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  • ABKhan
    Feb 12, 2014 - 10:57AM

    @Vectra:

    Pakistan lost all warns and it was India in 1965, which went to UN to get back the part of Kashmir which Pakistan captured. It shows who is in the state of denial. Long term effects of watching star news

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  • pakistaniat
    Feb 12, 2014 - 1:43PM

    @IndianDude:
    Please read your comment again… is it making sense.. i think not!!!!

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  • nrmr44
    Feb 12, 2014 - 8:26PM

    PAF had air superiority in all the wars it lost.
    PN had maritime superiority in all the wars it lost.
    And Pak Army advanced on all fronts in all the wars it lost.
    Now Pakistan will have the best trainers in all the wars the Iraqis lose.
    And Alam’s score will get a boost each time another admirer writes about him.
    It can be a great life when you learn to dominate reality!!!!

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  • Feb 12, 2014 - 8:53PM

    @ABKhan: We went UN | no we did not – do we care. Kashmir, Siachen, Kargil, Sir Creek all these are still Indian territory. And we also now have a Bangladesh. So cool down. Its not such a great airforce. Yes it is good at strafing and bombing Fata and Waziristan. That I give you.

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  • Feb 13, 2014 - 1:01AM

    Keep up the good work. Pakistan air force is capable of handling bigger things. I see more outsider interested than outsiders. Wow are the recommendations :-)

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