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JULY 2020

UAE Purchased ‘Advanced’ Israel Air-Defense System To Shoot Down Turkish Drones In Libya – Report

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UAE Purchased ‘Advanced’ Israel Air-Defense System To Shoot Down Turkish Drones In Libya – Report

An Iron Dome antimissile system is installed near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Golan Heights. IMAGE: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS

The UAE has purchased an “advanced” Israeli air-defense system to shoot down Turkish combat drones operating in Libya, the New Arab reported on April 10.

According to the London-based outlet, the system was bought from an Israeli defense company and then shipped directly to Egypt. Officers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) are allegedly training on the system there.

The New Arab said the UAE purchased the unidentified system to “save” the LNA’s attack on the capital, Tripoli. The outlet claimed that the LNA sustained catastrophic losses in recent Turkish drone strikes.

While it remains unclear if the LNA is using Israeli weapons, the use of such weapons by Turkish forces in Libya and their ally, the Government of National Accord (GNA), is well-documented.

Last July, the LNA shot down two Israeli-made Orbiter-3 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near the town of al-ʿAziziyah south of the country’s capital, Tripoli. The Jerusalem Post revealed later that the UAVs were part of a three-unit donated by Turkey to pro-GNA forces.

Earlier this month, LNA forces uncovered the wreckage of an IAI Harop loitering munition near the village of Hamada in eastern Libya. The munition was produced by Israel Aerospace Industries in Azerbaijan and exported to Turkey.

As for now, it is impossible to verify the New Arab’s claims. However, it is not a secret that the outlet is critical of the LNA and its backers, UAE and Egypt. Another issue with the report is that the LNA and its allies are already countering the threat of Turkish drones with much success.

A day after the release of the New Arab’s report, a Turkish combat drone was shot down by the LNA, or more likely UAE forces, over northern Libya. In the last six months, at least 24 Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones were downed in the war-torn country.

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  • Jake321

    I guess this is very fitting for the region, very bizarre and Byzantine. But with a closer to home analogy, it’s really hard to figure who’s with whom even with a score card. It also seems to keep shifting from conflict to conflict and time to time. But regardless, they all seem to like those Israeli weapons. BDS? Who speaks of BDS?

    • Jens Holm

      Arabs forgot “M”

    • Arch Bungle

      No they don’t. This is a rarity. They do seem to prefer, in order: Russian. Chinese. American.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Perhaps Israel can sell some more advanced weapons to Turkey now in order to show Israeli neutrality :)

    • Jens Holm
      • Sencer

        LOL. Old man , that was good.

    • Jake321

      Israel sells great effective weapons to both sides, all sides, all of whom are their enemies who then use them to kill each other off. And you see a problem with this?

      • Arch Bungle

        Because they’re such junk they’re effective at killing each other off – let you down at the last moment. Nobody has ever won a war with Israeli crap.

    • d’Artagnan

      Zionist regime is criminal in nature and continued regional unrest is exploited to prolong conflicts. Turkey is also a major purchaser of Zionist weapons which are basically plagiarized US systems.

  • SnowCatzor

    Well they’ve already shot down plenty with a variety of existing AA weapons so it would seem kinda pointless to buy these. I guess you can never have too much AA defense though.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      As long as the Zionist cunts are occupying Palestine, there will be no peace as these evil bastards will keep on fanning regional wars to deflect attention from their crimes. The Turkey arseholes also are one of their biggest pimp clients and have bought billions of junk from them.

  • d’Artagnan

    The Zionist regime will profit from regional chaos as that is how it operates. The Arabs will never find peace as long as the illegal occupation of Palestine continues.

  • Arch Bungle

    Iron hole more like it.

    • <>

      Stop being jealous, even Russia stole our David Sling’s interceptor in Syria.

      • Arch Bungle

        Garbage. Israeli weapons have never featured in any significant conflict. All Israel’s weapons are good for is ‘crowd control’.
        David’s ballsling aint good for shit.

        • <>

          I can understand why you’re so sad, but it’s doing a great job stoping the rockets from Gaza. Soon our laser system will kick in too.

        • Really!?

          Well, you know as much about military hardware as you do about history. Keep talking stupid. Lots of Iranian nuclear scientists thought they were smart too. Boom

  • <>

    Everyone knows we have some of the best AA systems in the world, and UAE is not a foe. We should give one to Egypt too.

  • Sencer

    Even Arabs understood that Pantsir is trash . LOL

  • ImamCoronaAS

    Funny and Fake news just to Involve Israel in the conflict :)