The Iraqi Air Force has released an infographics providing details of its operations against ISIS in the period between June 10, 2014 and December 31, 2017.
According to the released info, Lockheed Martin F-16IQ fighter jets carried out 514 combat sorties, Su-25 attack aircraft carried out 3,562 combat sorties, L-159 advanced light combat aircraft carried out 398 combat sorties and An-32 cargo planes (used as bombers) participated in 990 combat missions.
An interesting fact is that AC-208 Combat Caravan light attack aircraft carried out 3,459 strike missions. These aircraft launched 2,660 Hellfire missiles.
The Iraqi Air Force’s RC-208B reconnaissance aircraft conducted 1,118 combat missions while King Air 350ER Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance aircraft carried out 3,241 combat missions.
Summing up, the Iraqi military appreas to rely on An-32 cargo planes converted into bombers more than on US-supplied F-16IQ fighter jets. Isn’t this strange?