Happy Holidays! Russia Will Give Lebanon 10 Free MiGs | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 09.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.29.14**
** Airborne 09.26.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.26.14 **
** Airborne 09.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.24.14 **

Fri, Dec 19, 2008

Happy Holidays! Russia Will Give Lebanon 10 Free MiGs

Western World Not Thrilled With 'Gift'

It's the season for giving... but a gift from Russia to Lebanon isn't making anyone feel too merry.

Rumors that Russia would offer the government of Lebanon deep discounts on a number of MiG-29s have turned out not to be true. It turns out the 10 planes will be given to Lebanon at no cost at all.

The Times Online reports the gift is part of an agreement on military-technical assistance. Mikhail Dmitryev, head of Russia's defence co-operation service, is quoted as saying the jets would be taken from Russia's existing fleet.

He added that supplies of heavy armor to Beirut from Moscow are, "...now possible after the situation in this nation has stabilized. We view the Lebanese army as the main guarantor of this nation's stability, therefore the armed forces of this country must be strengthened."

Officials in Israel are not amused. The MiG-29 is one of Russia's best fighters, and a huge step up from the five outdated Hawker Hunter jets and 16 helicopters currently in the Lebanese fleet.

The growing influence of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon makes the new hardware a major concern, and the RIA-Novosti news service reports Lebanese officials also want Russian tanks, anti-tank rockets, air defence systems and helicopters.

Syria -- another enemy of Israel which has received military aid from the Russians -- had also reportedly been interested in obtaining not only MiG-29s, but modern Sam S-300 air defence missiles.

Moscow has said publicly it will not provide those systems to Syria... but one wonders how long such scruples will last.

FMI: www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/hizballah.htm

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 09.26.14: A320neo First Flight, Aspen ESV Trial, Garmin Flies G5000

Also: Sea Lynx Grounding, AEA's Ric Peri On FAR 145, Union v Allegiant, Wingboarding--Anyone? Things went off as planned in Toulouse, France yesterday morning when the A320neo made>[...]

Aero-News Alert: Young Eagle Flight Accident

Midair Collision Between Skyhawk and SeaRey Results In One Plane Down, Two Dead ANN is monitoring early reports in which a midair collision, during a Young Eagle event, has apparen>[...]

Aero-News Update: Young Eagle Flight Accident

Midair Collision Between Skyhawk and SeaRey Results In One Plane Down, Two Dead Updated Report, 0001ET, 09.29.14: After the proper notifications, the names of three of the four per>[...]

Aero-TV: More Good News For GA -- AEA’s Paula Derks Analyzes 2Q/14 Sales Data

Avionics Industry Leads The Way As GA Ekes Out A Slow Recovery In this video, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, turns to an expert to find out about the health of the aviat>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.29.14)

"Aviation safety is key to the success of our business and has an impact on everyone who flies, from airlines to pilots and passengers. We are proud of how the Safety Standdown pro>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC