Iraq to work with Iran on military industrial development

20 April 2018

Iran and Iraq are to collaborate on reviving Iraq’s military industrial capabilities, Iraqi news media reported on 19 April.

The National Iraqi News Agency stated that Iraq’s Acting Minister of Industry and Minerals, Mohammad Shiaa al-Sudani had signed a co-operation agreement with Iran’s Defence Minister, Amir Hatami.

According to the outlet, the agreement covers the transfer of technology to Iraq and the localisation of military and civilian products, as well as efforts to “improve and expand future co-operation in military and civilian industrial projects.”

While specific projects were not detailed, al-Sudani stressed that the country was seeking to improve its self-sufficiency in military equipment manufacturing, particularly on systems such as ammunition, mortars, artillery, unmanned aerial vehicles, and communications systems.

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