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Libyan National Army Captures Chinese-Made Anti-Aircraft Missiles From Pro-GNA Forces (Photos)

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Sources loyal to the National Libyan Army (LNA) released on April 17 several photos showing a Chinese-made FN-6 man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD), which had beenallegedly captured from forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) during clashes in Tripoli’s outskirts.

The FN-6 MANPAD has a maximum firing range of 6km. Its missile has a maximum speed of 360 m/s when flying head-on. The missile is equipped with infrared homing seeker with fire-and-forget feature.

This type of missiles was not in service with the former Libyan military. Experts believe that it was supplied to GNA forces by Qatar or Sudan, the only two Arab states which have in service missiles of this type. The two states supplied FN-6 MANPADs to militants in Syria in the early years of the conflict there.

Babak Taghvaee, an Iranian defense analyst, claimed few days ago that forces loyal to the GNA used a FN-6 MANPADs to shoot down a MiG-21 fighter jet of the Libyan Air Force (LNA) on April 14. The photos released today supports Taghvaee’s claims.

Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman for the LNA, accused Qatar of supplying this type of MANPADs to GNA forces and even to radical groups in the country during an interview with the Egyptian ON TV two years ago. The spokesman said that FN-6 missiles were used not only against LNA warplanes, but even against Egyptian warplanes, which were targeting ISIS positions in Libya back then.

These MANPADs pose a serious threat to security and stability in northern Africa. The missiles supplied to Syrian militants already found its way to ISIS and reached nearby Iraq and Lebanon.

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  • Promitheas Apollonious

    is this news ? or something of substance that someone cares to discuss about?

  • cliff

    The United states ( CIA ) need to control they creation and they evil allies. The ideal of providing man pad air defence to a bunch bunch proxy criminal to use against your enemy put civilcivi aircraft in danger.Those weapons can easy travel all over the world to use for the purposes of just targeting civil which governments hide behind.

  • Smaug

    Made in China weapons, they have as much quality control as anything else you might buy in China.

    • Real Anti-Racist Action

      Hey, I don;t dislike the ethnic-Hans. However your comment could not hold more truth.
      They are an interesting people who can reverse engineer anything minus the quality part.
      https://scontent-ort2-2.cdninstagram.com/vp/50c426378ddc489ee2b4ff8c55891156/5D336BCB/t51.2885-15/e35/33110482_302571020281012_4431178988336971776_n.jpg?_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.cdninstagram.com

    • Rodger

      The same thing was true about products from Japan when it rose to become an industrial power. It might have been true 20 years ago but these days their products are as good as those from the US.
      Ofc if you buy a $1 item from China and compare it to a $30 version of that item from Germany the quality won’t be the same. But a $3 version of the item from Germany would also be of inferior quality.

      • Barba_Papa

        The issue with Chinese quality control is not a learning curve as was with Japan, it’s because Chinese manufacturers just don’t give a fuck. They can make a good product, they just don’t care. The Chinese mentality when given a choice between cutting corners for short term profit, or invest in quality control for more long term profit is to chose short term profit.

        • Rodger

          That’s something the market dictates. If buyers don’t care, they don’t care. But they have the capability to add good quality control now if that is demanded.

          • Barba_Papa

            Oh, Chinese buyers DO care. That’s why Chinese consumers frown upon anything labeled Made in China and prefer imports. It’s just that Chinese manufacturers don’t care. This is why China is constantly suffering under bad building practices, poor safety standards and worst of all food scares. Chinese manufacturers can make quality goods, it’s not rocket science, they just prefer to cut corners to make a quick buck instead.

    • Justin

      They make weapons like they make baby formula! lol
      TERRIBLE!
      Chinese are as useless as tits on a bull!