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Friday, November 17, 2023

Iraq: Rafale deal part of the 2024 defense budget?note

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia Al-Sudani is said to have instructed the government to allocate a reserve budget for the Rafale deal within the defense budget of 2024.

This note provides a comprehensive overview of the following aspects:

- Baghdad’s views on the prospects of the deal

- The position of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MoD) on procuring U.S. and British-made fighters instead of the Rafale

- French President Emmanuel Macron’s position and priorities concerning marketing the Rafale

The note also highlights the defense systems the Iraqi MoD plans to procure in 2024, covered by the defense budget.


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