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Iraq buys Czech

(BRUSSELS2) Iraq could buy firearms from Czech producer Česka zbrojovka. At least that's the feeling of the arms manufacturer's sales director Jiří Škrabal, after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's visit to Prague last week. In particular, the Iraqis have expressed interest in the new CZ 805 Bren assault rifle, the CZ Scorpion EVO3 rifle and the CZ 75 P-07 Duty pistol.

The real issue of the Iraqi visit was the purchase of two-seater Aero L-159 training and tactical support aircraft. Value of the contract: approximately 750 million euros (19,2 billion crowns). Which represents a good leap for the manufacturer Aero Vodochody with the hiring of 750 people. For the Czech government, this is also a good deal. Because of the 28 aircraft ordered by the Iraqis, 24 will be new and 4 others have already been ordered by the Ministry of Defense.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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