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: