[size=45]The Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee revealed, on Monday, an Iraqi tendency to purchase an air defense system from three countries, while confirming that the draft federal budget law for 2022 will allocate a budget to the Ministry of Defense to purchase such a system.
Committee member Bader Al-Ziyadi said in a statement to the official agency, "The failure to equip the Ministry of Defense with advanced and modern weapons during the current year is due to the financial crisis and the limited allocations of the ministry within the 2021 budget," noting that "the draft federal budget law for 2022 will work to provide a special budget." The Ministry of Defense for the purpose of contracting to purchase the weapons it needs, especially in the field of air defense and air force.”
He pointed out that “the armament file needed large sums, and the budget for the current year was mostly operational, and not enough funds were allocated to conclude armament deals between the Ministry of Defense and other armament sources,” noting that “the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee submitted a study to the Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to increase Financial allocations to the Ministry of Defense to be able to conclude contracts and complete the air defense system and other needs.
He added, "Iraq needs an advanced air defense system to cover all its lands and hold the ground from north to south," noting that "the prices of these systems are high, and there is an Iraqi trend towards France, Korea and Russia regarding the air defense system."[/size]
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