Iraq seeks U.S. equipment

May 4, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress that Iraq is seeking the purchase of various radios and communication equipment.

The deal carries a value of $76 million.

The Foreign Military Sale would comprise 750 50-watt Vehicular Multi-band Handheld Radio Systems, 900 5-watt Multi-band Handheld Radio Systems, 50 50-watt Multi-band Handheld Base Station Radio Systems, 50 20-watt High Frequency Base Station Radio Systems and 100 5-watt Secure Personal Role Handheld Radio Systems.

Also included in the deal would be accessories, installation, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering and technical support services and other related elements of logistics support.

The proposed sale of the radios and communications equipment would advance Iraq's efforts to develop a strong federal police force, the agency said.

"The communications equipment will provide Iraq with updated frequency-hopping capabilities as well as a digital data capability," it said. "This expansion will enable Iraq to equip new forces to assume the missions currently accomplished by U.S. and coalition forces and to sustain itself in its efforts to establish stability."

The prime contractor would be the Harris Corp. of White Plains, N.Y.

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