Our Polish friends made good business. They sold useless pieces of iron for huge sum (taken I suspect from American and British taxpayers.
The manufacturer is probably Russian. It would be more logical to buy helicopters (new ones) directly in Russia (btw, it is a good option for RAF too).
So Poles are not alone.
At least significan part of Iraqi police and army are well armed (probably because they are hidden insurgents). Americans (as nation with practical look on things) no doubt are aware...
The Iraqi armed forces are full of "ghost battalions" in which officers pocket the pay of soldiers who never existed or have gone home. "I know of at least one unit which was meant to be 2,200 but the real figure was only 300 men," said a veteran Iraqi politician and member of parliament, Mahmoud Othman. "The US talks about 150,000 Iraqis in the security forces but I doubt if there are more than 40,000."
more than $300m spent on buying 24 military helicopters and other equipment from Poland. When Iraqi experts examined the helicopters they found them to be 28 years old - and their manufacturer recommended that they be scrapped after 25 years.
"The Americans were the partners of the Iraqis in all this corruption," says Dr Othman. The results of the failure to buy effective arms are visible at every Iraqi police or army checkpoint. The weapons on display are often ageing Kalashnikovs.
As a result of the lack of weapons, the Iraqi police and army are often less well-armed than the insurgents.
An official said: "The Americans don't trust our soldiers or policemen. They say the arms might fall into the hands of insurgents. But I tell them the insurgents already have these kind of weapons so why should they want some more?"