Iraq approved to receive Bell 407GX

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the possible sale of Bell 407GX helicopters to Iraq on October 3, 2018.

The proposed $8.25 million deal requested by the Government of Iraq includes five Bell 407GX helicopters, configured with M240 (FN MAG) 7.62mm machine guns, FN M3P.50 Calibre weapons and M260 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) 70mm rocket launchers.

The 407GX is the latest version of the Bell 407 type and the US State Department said that it will provide an upgraded capability compared to the Bell IA407 helicopter already in use with Iraqi Army Aviation Command.

The DSCA notes: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of the strategic partner.”

It adds: “The addition of five Bell 407GX helicopters will help compensate for the combat loss of seven IA407 helicopters in recent years and increase the Iraqi Security Forces’ combat effectiveness against ISIS and other terrorist elements in Iraq.” Nigel Pittaway