According to Iraqi sources, the country is in the last negotiating stages to seal a $2.5 billion arms purchase deal with China. Sources added that Iraq turned to China for weapons after it could not reach a deal with Russia to buy weapons on credit.
The weapons being considered include air defense systems such as the HQ-9, which is the Chinese equivalent of the Russian S-300.
China’s third generation main battle tank, the Type 99, is also being considered to be included in the deal.
Iraq will be paying the first installment of $833 million in 2017 should the deal pass.
The Iraqi Army has traditionally been a large operator of Chinese weapons.