On May 8, Libyan activists shared a video allegedly showing soldiers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) firing a South African G5 towed howitzer.
Developed by Denel Land Systems in the 70s, the G5 is based on the Canadian GC-45 gun, which was highly modified to suit southern African conditions. The 155 mm howitzer has a maximum firing range of 50 km.
The video, which shows the howitzer firing in an unspecified region of Libya, has not been verified by any independent source, yet.
— غصة الخوارج (@LiBya_73) May 8, 2020
The LNA uses 155 howitzers against forces supporting the Government of National Accord (GNA) on a regular basis. The army even uses Chinese-made laser guided 155 mm artillery projectiles known as the GP1.
It’s unclear how the LNA could have obtained G5 howitzers. None of the army’s backers, the UAE and Egypt, is known to possess this type of artillery.
On the other hand, Qatar, a backer of the GNA, operates dozens of G5 howitzers. This suggests that the howitzer seen in the video is in fact being operated by GNA forces. LNA supporters recycled footage from GNA forces in the past for propaganda purposes.
Libya is now witnessing a kind of local arms race, with the supporters of the LNA and the GNA shipping more and more weapons to their allies. As a result, the battles between the two sides intensified in the last few months.