|Quoting Moe777 (Reply 114):
Good news if the Lebanese military end up with AH-1 cobra's, however Israel will apply enormous pressure on the U.S to prevent any such deal, but hopefully things work out.
|Quoting Hunterson (Reply 115):
However, it seems that the US Administration has finally come to the conclusion that the Lebanese Military should be re-enforced and re-equipped , despite Israeli objections.
It is hoped that the supply of the Cobras will be part of this process, which will also include other urgently needed equipment ( not only from the US, but from other sources too ), such as jet fighters and trainers, more support helicopters, MBTs and AFVs, as well as munitions and spare parts.
|Quoting AF" class=quote target=_blank>RJAF (Reply 127):|
Wow...great effort Vatche! Finally, Lebanon's hunters are back to life. I raise my hat to all those who participated in making this a reality. So, what is the plan for the Hunters? How long will they soldier on? Who's flying them (pilot experience and training)? How tough was it to bring them back to life again?
|Quoting AirMalta (Reply 131):|
Its Awesome to see them again.I wish to come there to shoot some pics of them!!
|Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 132):|
Given that 1 T66 is being returned to service, hopefully some new pilots can be treated as the original pilots must be getting mature.
|Quoting OD720 (Reply 134):|
The single seater F.70As which are now airworthy were delivered between 1975-77.
|Quoting BA (Reply 135):|
Were these delivered brand new? If not, who were the previous operators and when were they built?
Photo © Vatche Mitilian
Photo © Vatche Mitilian
Russia 'to give' Lebanon war jets
17 December 2008
Russia said the jets would help to ensure stability in the region
Moscow is to give 10 MiG-29 fighter jets to Lebanon free of charge, says Russia's state news agency Interfax.
The head of the Russia's defence cooperation body, Mikhail Dmitriyev, said the consignment was "a form of military and technical assistance".
Delivery of the jets to Lebanon will also be paid for by the Russians.
|Quoting OD720 (Reply 140):|
This MiG-29 anouncement took everyone by surprise here. It was quite unexpected. If this is fully excersized, it will be the first eastern made equipment entering service with our air force.
|Quoting BA (Reply 142):|
I'm glad Lebanon is stepping out of its bubble and not limiting itself to just U.S.
|Quoting LAXintl (Reply 141):|
Anyhow - should make for some good target practice by the IAF in coming years.
|Quoting Kaitak (Reply 143):|
But realistically, would the US ever sell military equipment to Lebanon? The Israeli lobby would have a fit.
|Quoting Hunterson (Reply 146):|
So, if LAXintl. thinks that the new Lebanese MiG-29s will be "good target practice "
|Quoting LAXintl (Reply 147):|
Because sooner or later, there exist the possibility that Israel will strike Lebanon again, and hence its bases and any planes parked there could be targets.
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