A Polish-made Warmate loitering munition was spotted in Libya, where a heated battle between the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) is taking place.
Libyan sources shared on April 14 photos showing the wreckage of the munition near the town of Abugrein in the country’s northern region.
#Libya– both pro-#GNA&pro-#LNA sources are circulating these photos of supposedly the fuselage of an #Israel|i designed (as this one was probably made in #Azerbaijan) Orbiter 1K “Kingfisher” (UAV turned loitering munition) near Abugrein, claiming their side shot it down. pic.twitter.com/mFubqbK3DU
— Oded Berkowitz (@Oded121351) April 14, 2020
Some sources claimed that the munition was shot down by the LNA. However, it was most likely shot down by the GNA. The LNA’s main backers, the UAE, is reportedly one of the few operators of the Polish system.
In 2018, Arab sources reported that UAE’s Tawazun was working with WB Electronics of Poland to install Warmate 2 system on the domestic Nimr armored personnel carrier (APC).
The Warmate loitering munition has a range of 40 km and an endurance of up to 50 minutes. The munition can be equipped with several different payloads. The wreckage found in Libya was armed with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.
The UAE has been supporting the LNA’s attack on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, for several months now. Nevertheless, it remains unclear if UAE forces were behind the use of the Warmate system, or if it was handed over to the LNA. Turkey delivered similar advanced systems to GNA forces in the recent months.