|Quoting OD720 (Reply 158):|
Finally, in the next few days, Lebanon will take delivery of 3 Sikorsky S-61Ns firefighting helicopters which will be operated by the air force.
|Quoting RJAF (Reply 160):|
Interesting. Where are these coming from? Any troop carrying capabilities?
|Quoting OD720 (Reply 161):|
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1897 posts, RR: 48
|Quoting Rolfen (Reply 159):|
Rolfen From Lebanon, joined Jan 2006, 1474 posts, RR: 2
|Quoting Wvsuperhornet (Reply 118):|
I dont know what Israel is worried about I doubt any equipment sold to lebanon will be as capable as the equipment we sell to Israel.
Lebanon, Russia Sign Military Cooperation Memo… No Mention of MiG 29s
President Michel Suleiman has met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow in the first ever visit by a Lebanese head of state to Russia where he signed a memorandum on bilateral military cooperation.
Medvedev, whose country is keen to preserve influence in the Arab world that dates back to Soviet times, described the visit as a "landmark event" in relations between Moscow and Beirut.
Suleiman, who in turn labeled the visit as historic, hailed Medvedev for his support of Lebanon.
He said the two sides had discussed signing a long-term military cooperation agreement.
"It is a framework agreement and is planned to be signed in the near future," said the head of Russia's military-technical cooperation agency, Mikhail Dmitriyev.
There was no mention, however, of past promises by Russia to deliver 10 MiG-29 fighter jets as a gift for the Lebanese military.
The issue of MiG-29s had been discussed by Lebanese defense minister Elias Murr and his Russian counterpart in December 2008.
Under the plan, the MiG-29s would be modernized before being handed over to Lebanon and the cost of transport of the warplanes would be paid for by the Russian defense ministry.
Local media had said Suleiman would be raising the possibility of the MiG fighter jets being replaced by other hardware better suited to the needs of the Lebanese army.
Beirut, 26 Feb 10, 10:05
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