Balad Receives Four More F-16Cs

A FURTHER four Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) F-16IQs have been delivered to Balad Air Base to join 9 (Fighter) Squadron, arriving at the base on November 18. The single-seat F-16C Block 52s comprised 1616 (RA-10, USAF/12-0013), 1621 (RA-13, USAF/13-006), 1623 (RA-15, USAF/13-0018) and 1624 (RA-16, USAF/13-0019). They bring the total in country to 14 – eleven F-16Cs and three twin-seat F-16Ds.

The first four IqAF aircraft arrived at Balad Air Base on July 13 last year – see First Iraqi Air Force F-16 Block 52s Arrive at Balad, September 2015, p25. A further two arrived in January 2016, followed by four more on August 7 – see Two More Iraqi Air Force F-16Cs Delivered, March 2016, p23 and Four More F-16s Delivered, October 2016, p22.

New Iraqi Air Force F-16C 161 on the ramp at Balad Air Base shortly after arrival on November 18.