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Lebanese Air Force Received Six Light Attack Helicopters From The US (Photos)

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Lebanese Air Force Received Six Light Attack Helicopters From The US (Photos)

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On October 6, the Lebanese Air Force (LAF) received six McDonnell Douglas MD 530F+ light scout attack helicopters from the US as a part of a military grant.

The helicopters were handed over to the LAF during a ceremony that was held at Beirut Air Base. The ceremony was attended by senior Lebanese officers and members of the Defense Cooperation Office of the US Embassy in Beirut.

The light helicopters, which were supplied under a contract signed in 2018, will improve the reconnaissance and counter-insurgency (COIN) capabilities of the LAF.

Lebanese Air Force Received Six Light Attack Helicopters From The US (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: lebarmy.gov.lb

Lebanese Air Force Received Six Light Attack Helicopters From The US (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: lebarmy.gov.lb

Lebanese Air Force Received Six Light Attack Helicopters From The US (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: lebarmy.gov.lb

Lebanese Air Force Received Six Light Attack Helicopters From The US (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: lebarmy.gov.lb

Lebanese Air Force Received Six Light Attack Helicopters From The US (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: lebarmy.gov.lb

The MD 530F+ has an operational range of 589 kilometers. The LAF will reportedly equip its helicopters with the WESCAM MX-10D EO/IR laser designator and arm them with APKWS [Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System] 70 mm laser-guided rockets.

The US stepped up its support for the LAF in the past few years. On 31 October 2017, the US handed over two A-29 Super Tucano COIN aircraft to Lebanon. Six more A-29s were handed over on 13 June 2018.

While the US is helping the LAF rebuild its reconnaissance and COIN capabilities, it continues to prevent it from acquiring air combat or air-defense capabilities. This strategy is meant to maintain the superiority of the Israeli Air Force.

The US military aid for Lebanon is mainly meant to drive the army away from Hezbollah. This is not happening, however. The Lebanese military maintains strong relations with the group, which is a close ally of Iran and Syria.

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Hezbollah can put them to good use against the diaperheads.

TomSawyer

go gome home to tpiour mami in Austria, stong warrior hahahhaahhahhahahah

Cromwell

Then the US will supply the zionist gangsters with the missiles to shoot them down.

Dennis Kovac

Hmmm USA is very funny with its dirty games…

Jnoub

Hezbollah will make them better possibly through Iran, and keep them.

TomSawyer

dont laufht too mu.ch. Like everybodyl likw rh3w post are post. One j6 jet is like hundrerds corruts fogjttrs

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