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29 Dec 13. Iraqi BTR-4 shipment heads back to Ukraine. A shipment of BTR-4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) is on its way back to
Ukraine after being rejected by Iraq. Several Ukrainian media organisations reported on 27 December that the ship carrying 40 BTR-4s – SE Pacifica – is returning the vehicles to Ukraine. While the state arms export company Ukrspetseksport declined to confirm the reports, IHS Maritime data shows that the SE Pacifica passed through the Suez Canal on the 28 December and was heading towards the Bosporus. The ship left Ukraine in March 2013 and arrived in Iraqi waters on 25 April, but was not allowed to unload, reportedly because the Iraqis were unhappy with the quality of the vehicles, and then spent months floating in the Gulf. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
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