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U.S. Delivers Several UAV Systems To Lebanese Army (Photos)

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The Lebanese military announced on April 3 that it had received six ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), valued at $11 million, from the US.

The Boeing Insitu ScanEagle is a small, long-endurance, low-altitude UAV that’s equipped with a day\night electro-optical system. The UAV has a range of 100km and can stay in the air for more than 24 hours.

U.S. Delivers Several UAV Systems To Lebanese Army (Photos)

Photo: Courtesy of Boeing

The U.S. embassy confirmed the delivery of the ScaneEagle UAVs to the Lebanese military via Twitter and said that the shipment was a part of a pre-agreed aid.

“The US continues its steady delivery of equipment and training to the Lebanese Armed Forces,” a short press release by the embassy reads.

The new ScanEagle UAVs will boost the reconnaissance capabilities of the Lebanese military, which also has six AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven mini drones gifted by the U.S. in 2009.

The U.S. claims that its aid for the Lebanese military is aimed at securing Lebanon from terrorist threats in the region. However, many Lebanese experts believe that the US is trying to challenge the legitimacy of Hezbollah and undrmine its influence inside Lebanon with this move.

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  • Luke Hemmming

    So that Israel can shoot them down and then Lebanon has to buy another 6
    and then Israel shoots those down and then Lebanon has to buy another 6
    and Israel shoots them down and then Lebanon has to buy another 6 and
    then Israel shoots those down and then Lebanon has to buy another 6 and
    then…

  • goingbrokes

    Who wants to bet that these UAVs have a digital backdoor which allows US and Israel to access the surveillance data in real time from a Global Hawk and similar. This is a plan to increase the ability to conduct surveillance in Lebanese territory and Syria too. Who would suspect a “friendly” UAV? Lol, I would.
    And if israel can access the data they will know every time when they are under Lebanese surveillance. It’d be an advantage.

    • LR captain

      there is always a skeleton key. What happens when hezbollah makes a fake key and takes over Israels US bought drones.

      However i do believe the Israels replaces some of components on their drones with local components recently witch is most likely why Israel allowed the US to take such an action.

  • jm74

    Aid in the form of UAV; bound to have strings attached.

    • David Price

      US has eyes on a base off the coast of Lebanon
      Cheeky fcuks