TITLE

IRAQ: Eastern Europe and Arms Sales Opportunities

AUTHOR(S)
Owen, Tom
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
Middle East;May2003, Issue 334, p32
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on sources of arms and ammunitions collected by Iraq. A glimpse at the standard Iraqi armory reveals vast quantities of Soviet-produced kit: T-55 and T-72 tanks, BMP and BRDM armored vehicles, Scud missiles and the inevitable Kalashnikovs. So far the most visible diplomatic spat has been over Russian-supplied Global Positioning System jamming Systems. These systems are able to block the satellite signals that guide precision weapons such as Tomahawk cruise missiles, "blinding" them so that they miss their targets. In February, 2003 "Newsweek" reported that via a Belorussian cut-out, Russia had supplied Baghdad with the S-300P air defense missile system, one of its most effective products in this field. Ukraine has failed to disprove allegations that it sold four Kolchuga air-defense radar units and a command station to Iraq. Iraqi desperation and ingenuity, combined with greed and corruption on the part of the suppliers have long fueled the flow of weaponry from Eastern Europe to Iraq. It would be unwise to suppose that even now, during the course of war, these supplies have ceased completely.
ACCESSION #
9811045

 

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