MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - Sept 25
Sept 25 Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.
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SEOUL Dec 12 South Korean defence contractor Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) has signed a deal with Iraq to export 24 light fighter jets valued at $1.1 billion, the company said on Thursday.
The deal to supply FA-50 aircraft also includes training for Iraqi pilots and other support for the Iraqi Air Force for the next two decades, which could push the total value of the deal to $2 billion, the contractor said in a statement.
The FA-50 is a light attack variant of the T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer that was co-developed by KAI and U.S. defence firm Lockheed Martin Corp.
The Iraqi version of the FA-50, labeled the T-50 IQ, can be armed with air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, machine guns and precision-guided bombs along with other munitions, KAI said.
"This deal will improve the performance of the Ministries of Defense and Interior in defending the country and in fighting terrorism," a statement from the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said.
Iraq has sought F-16 fighter jets from the United States as part of a deal to rebuild its airforce.
Iraq is suffering from its worst violence in at least five years as insurgents carry out almost daily bombing campaigns against civilians and government targets.
More than 8,000 people have been killed in Iraq in the first 11 months of 2013, according to the United Nations.
KAI has previously exported a T-50 variant to Indonesia and is pursuing deals with the Philippines and Chile.
South Korea has been to capture a larger share of the global defence market with its fighter jets amid a projected sharp increase in demand for military equipment over the next decade.
Delivery to Iraq will begin in April 2016 and will be made over a year, a company official said. (Reporting by Michelle Kim in Seoul; Additional reporting by Suadad al-Salhy in Baghdad; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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TORONTO, Sept 24 Canada's Unifor union has set a tentative strike deadline of midnight Oct. 10 for talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the labor group said on Saturday as it prepares to vote on a related deal with General Motors Co.