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Wars of Modern BabylonA History of the Iraqi Army from 1921 to 2003$
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Pesach Malovany

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169439

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.001.0001

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The Air Arm

The Air Arm

Chapter:
(p.794) Chapter 51 The Air Arm
Source:
Wars of Modern Babylon
Author(s):

Pesach Malovany IDF (Ret.)

Amatzia Baram

Kevin M. Woods

Ronna Englesberg

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.003.0053

This chapter deals with Iraq air arm, that includes the Air Force, the Army Aviation and the Air Defence forces. The air arm underwent during the Saddam era an impressive empowerment process—both qualitatively and quantitatively—and accumulated broad operational experience, especially during the war against Iran. Nevertheless, in the Gulf War of 1991 and the arms embargo imposed on Iraq in its wake toppled it from its pinnacle of power to total disintegration. The air arm’s destiny symbolized more than anything else the decline of the Iraqi Army from glorious victory at the end of the war against Iran to total collapse after the two wars against coalition forces.

Keywords:   The air force, The Air Defense Arm, Army Aviation, The Anti-Aircraft and SAM corps, The Air Defense Sectors, Iran-Iraq war, Gulf war of 1991

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