Photo Source: ITALCON
Photo Source: ITALCON
The Nahr El Bared Battle in 2007 witnessed a heavy usage of helicopters by the Lebanese Armed Forces. The types used were mainly the ones the Lebanese Air Force had available at that time :
- The Robinson Raven R44 used as fighting assistance helicopters
- The Aerospastiale SA-342 Gazelle used as ground attack helicopters.
- The UH-1H used as Casualty evacuation and Bomber helicopters.
The Idea of using the Huey as a bomber wasn’t a new thing but the Lebanese Army showed some nice skills in converting a transport helicopter into a bomber. A very fine article on the Huey bomber can be found on Vatche Mitilian’s website on http://www.lebaneseairforce.info/combat1.htm.
The Following photos are originally Lebanese Air Force photos now available on the net:
The Raven II:
Recently announced was the donation by the Italian government of a number of military vehicles to the Lebanese Army. According to local Lebanese medias these vehicle would be Fiat AR76 Campagnola. The vehicle was used by the Italian Army from the mid 1970s till the mid 1990s. The vehicle was already used in Beirut by the Italcon between 1982 and 1984 during the Multinational Forces mission in Lebanon
Here are some Italcon Campagnolas in Beirut in the 1980s:
By 2008 , a new Fiat Campagnola appeared on the military market under the designation of the Iveco Massif:
Back in 1967 for a change with a couple of photos of war remenants on the Egyptian front.
Belga 25.11.10 – 14:58
“Lebanon has taken delivery of a small number of used APCs sold by Belgium to strengthen its army, but still waiting for the 43 Leopard heavy tanks included in this sale, failing to grant permission from Germany, as was reported this thursday by the Belgian Ministry of Defence.
The sale was completed in December 2007, Lebanon finalized then the purchase of 71 used armored vehicles from Belgium for an amount of 4.442 million euros. The deal included 43 Leopard 1A5 for 3.312 million, sixteen armored tracked type AIFV (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle) with 25 mm cannon for 900,150 euros and twelve M-113 armored ambulance version for 240,000 euros, as well as ammunition.
Twelve M-113A1 and sixteen AIFV have been delivered, confirmed a spokesman of the Belgian Department of Defense.
The sale was in fact approved by the United States, which issued a “Third party transfer authorization” since it was American-designed equipment.
However, delivery of the Leopard tanks has not occurred yet in the absence of licensing for export from Germany, the source said, The manufacturer of these tanks being the German company Krauss-Maffei.”