ISF Forces Increase Capability With 11 New Planes
The Iraqi Air Force has been training for a number of years and they recently received a huge delivery of aircraft. The United States Forces delivered aircraft to the Iraqi Defense Forces for use in patrol and defense of Iraq.
Lieutenant General Frank Helmick is the MNF Security Transition Command officer that commands the unit responsible for much of the materials and aircraft needed by Iraqi Defense Forces. The Aircraft will be part of the Kirkuk Northern Iraqi Air Base program and training force.
These are the aircraft that the Iraqi Defense Forces will use to teach pilot recruits how to fly. This is similar to the methods that the United States Armed Forces employ to teach brand new pilots basic flight fundamentals, and methods of flight.
The 11 aircraft consists of 8 Cessna 172s and 3 Cessna 208 Aircraft that will all be used by the Iraqi Defense Forces. The Cessna 208 is the more advanced of the two aircraft, and it will be the plane that is used for advanced flight instruction.
The Iraqi Air Force is an important element of the eventual full time defense of Iraq, and it is in a period of building and development. The size of the Iraqi Air Force consists of 6,000 airmen and nearly 133 aircraft, with the planned growth continuing.
Iraq maintains a strong connection between their Air Force and continued training and support by the United States Air Force.