With the Military Industrialization Authority announcing the production of the first Iraqi pistol, the Armed Forces Order described the efforts to revive the military industries as positive, amid the exclusion of experts that these efforts could achieve self-sufficiency in the near term .
Inside the Hammurabi factory, located in Babil’s governor, south of Baghdad, the first Iraqi pistol manufactured locally since 2003, after strenuous efforts that stretched over long periods, was unveiled.
At the end of last month, the Military Industrialization Authority from within the factory announced that it had succeeded in compiling the first batch of a pistol, which he called “Babylon”, after declaring the success of no production do not have.
Following the success of the announcement, the Manufacturing Authority has made it clear that its ambition will not stop at this stage despite the financial budget disruptions that are in its way, noting that the manufacture of the pistol is only a first step in the near future. future will be followed. future by producing various kinds of medium and light weapons under the supervision of international companies to ensure the quality of manufacture.
The director general of the Military Industrialization Authority, Jalal Abbas, told Al-Hurra website that the success of the test of the gun is only the beginning of the commission’s ambition in military industrialization, and said: “In addition to the gun, we had a successful test of the first Iraqi drone called “Saqr 1”, as well as other products such as communications devices of various kinds, they were preceded by night vision binoculars, thermal cameras and new products that will soon appear to our armed forces to serve.
Abbas points out that the delay in approving the country’s general budget, as well as the weakness of the financial budget allocated to the government, directly affect the government’s ambition, “We need more support and a budget that matches with our aspirations. “
The Military Industrialization Authority announced the impending launch of a rifle called “Al-Rafidain” that combines the characteristics of Western and Eastern weapons, under the supervision of a Chinese company, after completing its own experiments.
The government is also working on the development of the production of drones and the production of medium-range Katyusha missiles and various materiel based on the needs of the armed forces and agreed with the Ministries of Defense and Home Affairs.
Observers, however, are talking about the difficulty of taking steps to revive the military industries for short-term self-sufficiency, even if it will reduce the arms budget, which costs the country more than five billion dollars annually.
According to the Armed Forces Order, Iraq aims to reduce the burden of arms imports on the state budget through the Military Industrialization Development Project, by supporting the security forces with locally manufactured weapons at low prices compared to the importer.
The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Yahya Rasoul, said in an exclusive statement to Al-Hurra that the security ministries would turn to purchasing large quantities of these weapons as an ideal solution to compensate for the high cost. of the importation of these weapons from outside Iraq.
And he indicated that “the security ministries will play a major role in the issue of the purchase of these weapons, which contributes to the support of the armed forces. When we import weapons, their prices will double, but when you put them in “Iraq manufactures and with the same specifications that are produced worldwide, they will contribute to the process of supporting the forces with the weapons and equipment we need, especially since we are not chasing ISIS gangs.”
While the security and military expert, Major General Majid al-Qaisi, in a statement to the Al-Hurra website does not rule out the possibility of achieving long-term self-sufficiency in the field of armaments and the quality of manufacturing assured for internally manufactured weapons, he pointed out that this issue depends on the provision of appropriate infrastructure and the existence of a strategic government vision that ensures continuity to move forward These efforts are based on past local experiences and internationally respected companies in this field.
He pointed out that the production of weapons was not new to Iraqi capabilities, explaining that “this is not the first time that Iraq has succeeded in producing weapons, because it has decades of experience in this field.”
He added that “this step is important to meet the needs of the security forces in the future,” but he stated that there are certain indicators for the continuity and success of that industry, saying, “if these industries according to ‘ a specific approach, according to a strategic plan to meet the needs of the security forces, and quality and efficiency remain subject to field experiments and tests to demonstrate their quality and effectiveness and durability. ”
Diversify the sources of armaments
The former Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee announced Iraq’s tendency to diversify its sources of armaments by signing agreements with parties from the eastern and western camps, while security experts believe that Iraq is now obliged to develop arms manufacturing activities and to allow military industries. revive. because its armaments options were limited to the failure of armaments agreements with Russia as a result of its war against Ukraine.
Security expert Amir Al-Saadi pointed out that global developments had delayed Iraqi arms deals and targeted the country in efforts to revive its war effort, adding that “the outbreak of the Russian war against Ukraine and the confusion of the “World scene was reflected in the Iraqi arms contracts signed with several countries, so that the government began to think seriously about the neighborhoods of the industry.” To provide light and medium weapons and ammunition at least in the coming days. “
Amid efforts to diversify the sources of armaments, the Iraqi government is moving strongly to strengthen its military air force by seeking to conclude an agreement with France to buy a squadron of “Rafale” aircraft, over which it has long been concerned. be spoken. 2020 to now.
In a recent interview, Iraqi Defense Minister Juma’a Inad revealed that Iraq had managed to obtain a local loan to buy 14 French-made “Rafale” aircraft, indicating that the price of one aircraft is 200 million US dollars.
The minister’s statements come after he paid a visit to France last November, which came as part of Baghdad’s plans to diversify the sources of Iraqi weapons. buy, the most important of which are “Rafale” aircraft, an air defense system and helicopters.
Iraq currently has 95 fighter jets of American, Russian, South Korean and Czech origin, all of which contracted after 2003.
However, according to specialists, this number is not sufficient to secure Iraqi airspace and carry out attacks against enemy targets, especially since the country possesses large desert areas.