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Libyan National Army Shot Down LGNA Warplane Near Tripoli

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In the late hours of April 10, the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that it had shot down an L-39 warplane of the Libyan Government of National Accord (LGNA).

According to a press release by the LNA’ media office, the warplane was shot down by the 166th Brigade while it was flying over the outskirt of the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The warplane reportedly took off from Misrata airbase, east of Tripoli. The airbase is the headquarters of the LGNA’s air force, which operates nine L-39 Albatros trainers / light attack warplanes among other aircraft.

The available information suggests that the LGNA’s warplane was shot down with an anti-aircraft cannon. However, the LNA is known to be operating at least one Soviet-made 2K12 Kub [SA-6] medium-range air-defense system, as well as a variety of man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADs).

Libyan National Army Shot Down LGNA Warplane Near Tripoli

LNA SA-6 air defense system. Source: (@oded121351) on Twitter.

Last week, the LGNA’s air force began conducting airstrikes on the LNA in an attempt to slow its advance towards Tripoli. In response, the army established a no-fly zone over the western part of the country.

If confirmed, the shot down of the LGNA’s L-39 would mark the beginning of an air war over western Libya. The LGNA’s air force will not likely survive for long in this case. The main reason is the lack of resources and capabilities.

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  • RGtz98

    What AA is it ?

    • DankBeast

      Kub NATO codename SA-6 Gainful.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        SA-6 is proliferating all over the region and some have been upgraded post-Soviet era. Kaddafi had bought quite a few batteries and both the warring sides have some operational. However, this could have been a Sa-16 Igla manpad job.

  • Pia

    it is L-39
    not II or ll.

  • Rodney Loder

    All this time Russia, France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE have been bolstering Hifter and supporting israeli torments of Palestinians while concurrently strengthening the Russia / Saudi Arabian partnership to dominate the Middle East on behalf of the IMF/World Bank Globalist agrnda,

    I’ve been warning my Islamic Brothers and Sisters about this outcome since I came on the internet 7 years ago.

    This Globalist agenda is designed to replace the US as the dominant force in the region and give control of the Oil industry to Russia.

    Luckily I’m here, Isa Son of Maryium to save the situation and put Russia back in its place, but I can’t operate unless I can reflect the perceived history of my own existence, so I’m calling on my Salafist Brothers to make my real history known, as only then will I be able to prey with my Salafist Brothers and Sisters for the glory of Islam.

    Allah Akbar.

    • cechas vodobenikov

      confused…and dazed

      • Rodney Loder

        Not everyone is so stupid, don’t comment on my post.

        • cechas vodobenikov

          few r as stupid as u–agreed

          • Rodney Loder

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          • cechas vodobenikov

            chu chu malchik…u r hilarious

          • Rodney Loder

            If so you have no worries giving out your identity.

  • cechas vodobenikov

    if the US supports the LGNA one can assume these rabbits r not to be trusted

  • Zionism = EVIL

    A Czech Il-39 is armed light trainer and very slow and can be brought down with ZSU-23 and even manpads. However, Kaddafi had a lot of SA-6 and some of the batteries have been repaired by Egyptians who are supporting Haftar’s forces.