Iraq to Purchase $1.05B in Medical Items
On May 24/07, the US DSCA announced Iraq’s purchase request for medical consumables, pharmaceuticals, medical, surgical, dental supplies, medical equipment, support equipment, program support, publications, documentation, personnel training, training equipment, contractor technical and logistics personnel services and other related program requirements.. The total value, if all options are exercised, will be slightly less than $1.05 billion. The principal contractors are unknown at this time.
The requested items will be used to provide for the basic medical needs to Iraqi forces “and, as necessary and appropriate, civilians who are casualties of ongoing conflict. The medical supplies will help minimize the casualties sustained during military operations.” DSCA adds that “The proposed use of this equipment is consistent with the statutory authorities in section 4 of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, and section 607 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.” DSCA release.