Armed Forces Overviews
Iraqi Air Force
Iraqi Air Force
al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Iraqiya
The Iraqi Air Force ordered 36 F-16C/D Block 52 advanced front line fighter aircraft. Some remained in use by the USAF 152nd FS/162nd FW at Tucson (AZ) for training purposes. This example is flying through the famous Death Valley canyon called Jedi Transition during a training sortie in March 2018.
Photo: Peter Steehouwer/Airshow Action
Al Sahra/
Tikrit
(ORSH)
Rwy: 14L/32R, 14R/32L
Pos: 34°40'24"N 043°32'35"E
Elev: 451 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Flying Training Wing

201st Training sq Ce172S (18)
Tikrit is also known as Combat Operating Base (COB) Speicher.

The first LASTA 95 has been seen in December 2009. 201sq was renumbered from 1sq during March 2011.
The Flying Training Wing is run by the Iraqi Air Force College.
 
Al Shaibah/
Rwy: 14/32
Pos: 30°25'33"N 047°38'36"E
Elev: 58 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Flying Training Wing

204th Training sq T-50IQ (24)
204th Training Squadron is still to be formed and will be equiped with the KAI T-50IQ. It was renumbered from 4sq during March 2011. Intitially it was bound to be stationed at Tikrit Al Sahra but in late 2017 the T-50s were delivered to al-Basrah.
The Flying Training Wing is run by the Iraqi Air Force College.
 
Baghdad/Al Muthanna/
Mohammed Alaa AB
(ORBW)
Rwy: 15L/33R, 15R/33L
Pos: 33°15'45"N 044°14'04"E
Elev: 114 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Transport Wing

23rd Transport/Utility sq C-130E (3)
C-130J-30 (6)


87th Reconnaissance sq Beech 350ER/ISR


33rd Transport/Utility sq An-32B (6)
Reconnaissance Wing

??th Utility/Reconnaissance sq U-28A (6)
87sq is also designated as the "87th Composit Squadron".
The U-28s are detached at Kirkuk and Basrah.
 
Baghdad/Al Rasheed AB/
Al Rashid AB (Baghdad Military)
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 33°16'44"N 044°29'39"E
Elev: 104 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Fighter Wing

109th Attack Sq Su-25
Su-25UBK
Iraqi Su-25 Flight
Transport Wing

? Utility sq DHC-6 (2) DHC-6 Flight
From 29 June 2014, Iraq received ten ex-Russian AF Su-25 Ground Attack jets to counter the ISIL insurgency. On 1 July four Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force (IRGCAF) Su-25s were deployed to the Iraqi Air Force. This is a temporary measure in the battle to repel ISIL.
2 DHC-6 Twin Otters are known to be operated with Iraqi roundels. It is unconfirmed where they are stationed.
 
On 5 November 2015, the first two L-159A arrived at Balad from Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic. In total ten L-159A single seaters and two L-159T1 trainers were ordered under a deal that was approved by the Czech government in March 2015.
Photo: @khalid_alobeidi
Balad Southeast/ (ORBD)
Rwy: 12/30, 14/32
Pos: 33°56'25"N 044°21'42"E
Elev: 161 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Fighter Wing

9th Fighter Squadron F-16C-52 (28)
F-16D-52 (8)


115 Training/Attack sq L-159A (10)
L-159T1 (2)
The first batch of four F-16s were delivered on 13 July 2015.
The first two L-15A aircraft were delivered on 5 November 2015. The patch of 115 sq depicted here is not the official one.
 
An Iraqi F-16 climbs out to commence a nocturnal mission.
Photo: Stephan de Bruijn
Habbaniya/
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 33°22'30"N 043°33'46"E
Elev: 150ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Fighter Wing

109th Attack Sq Det. Su-25
Su-25UBK
 
Kirkuk/ (ORKK)
Rwy: 13/31, 15/33
Pos: 35°28'08"N 044°20'58"E
Elev: 1148 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Reconnaissance Wing

3rd Assault/Reconnaissance sq Ce208B (3, TC-208)
Ce208B-ISR (3, RC-208)
Ce208B-ISR (5, AC-208)
Nimmers
3sq operates Hellfire armed Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft, locally designated AC208 Caravan which are also Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capable.
The Comp Air 7SLX, operated by 3sq, was withdrawn from use in late 2007.
 
Eighteen, with an option for ten, Ce172S Light Training Aircraft were ordered by the IqAF mid-2007. They have formed the 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron that was officially inaugurated on 1 October 2007 and was designated 1st Training Squadron in late 2009.
Photo: USAF
Talil/Ali Base/ (ORTL)
Rwy: 12L/30R, 12R/30L
Pos: 30°56'09"N 046°05'25"E
Elev: 20 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
Reconnaissance Wing

70th Reconnaissance sq SAMA CH2000
SB7L-360 (wfu?)
Flying Training Wing

202nd Training sq LASTA 95N (20)


203rd Training sq T-6A (15)
70sq moved from Basrah to Talil in the October 2010.
202sq was renumbered from 2sq during March 2011.
203sq was renumbered from 3sq during March 2011.
The Flying Training Wing is run by the Iraqi Air Force College.
 
The first two Hawker Beechcraft T-6A Texan IIs for the Iraqi Air Force departed Wichita on their delivery flight on 1 December 2009, transiting from Beech Field (KBEC) via Des Moines, IA (KDSM) to Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ), Toronto, ON, Canada, onwards to Ostend in Belgium. They were numbered YI-501 (c/n PT-496) and, YI-502 (c/n PT-497). Iraqi Air Force titles were covered over for the delivery flight, and National Insignia will be applied after delivery. They were flown by Hawker Beechcraft test pilots, using their callsigns as flight numbers, HBK122 and HBK178.
Photo: Andrew. H. Cline
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