sheytanelkebir wrote:yea. its purely about the money (or lack of) now. Iraq is pretty much "non aligned" as of today... so they host both NATO and US forces and commands... alongside Russian Advisors, Intel Sharing office and Iranian IRGC advisors... meanwhile there's a whole team of Chinese officers operating out of Kut Air Base... and a few miles down the road Koreans are building a new Airbase at Suwayra. The US has accepted the "multi-polar" relations in Iraq, and its also a way of keeping communications channels open (the Russian/Iranian/Syrian/Iraqi intel office is only a couple of kilometers from the US Embassy!).
But the issue with the Russian weapons orders that have been "put on hold" is purely based on Iraq's lack of credit worthiness from a Russian perspective. Whilst the Chinese and Americans are willing to throw a few billion here and there to further their interests. Thing is Russians do control a few oil fields in Iraq (not as many as the chinese of course)... so I would have thought they could come to an agreeable deal on credit for weapons... but sadly they haven't yet as far as we know
Lets see what happens in 2017... things can turn quickly.
PS Zarib, Iraq didn't cancel any of those above mentioned items from the US (apaches, additional 175 abrams, 220 bradleys, 24 AT6C etc...). Iraq NEVER ordered them in the first place and only asked for an offer, for comparison with other offers... and for example the apache lost in competition against the Mi28Ne, the M1A1SA lost against the T90S, the M2A2 Bradley lost against the BMP-3 and as far as I know the AT-6C lost against the CH-4 UCAV.
Go ahead and search... you won't find a single FMS contract for any of the above items only a DSCA offer.
Nice one thanks. From the look of it USA and PRC are willing to loan more of their cash than Russian. Which is my point, they play the risky game but will end up with more returns if it all works out for them.