Lebanese Armed Forces New Comers (2)

According to an article from the French business newspaper La Tribune published today, France and Lebanon have recently agreed on a list of military equipment for $ 2.1 billion. Some new items has been added to the list although it may not be the definitive one. Among these items are the Renault Trucks Defense VBCI, the Nexter Aravis IMV and maybe the Eurocopter AS555 Fennec lightweight helicopter:

 

Renault Trucks Defense VBCI

VBBC 001

 

 

Nexter Aravis IMV

AAAS 001

 

Eurocopter AS555 Fennec

ASFFF 001

 

 

Source: La Tribune

Lebanese MiG-29 Offer Refusal: A possible explanation.

 

Seen on Algerian Newspaper website a couple of weeks ago, here is an interesting article that could explain the Lebanese authority refusal for Russia’s MiG-29 Offer:

 

 

“The Counter-espionage DRS against the footsteps of the Mossad

Written by L. M.DZ/El Khabar

Russia expelled Vadim Liederman, the military attaché at the Israeli embassy in Moscow for espionage, Wednesday, May 18 evening. The military attaché and representative of the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Russia, also Colonel of the Israeli armed forces, was arrested last week by the Russian authorities on suspicion of “espionage,” an official statement. Vadim Liederman was arrested in a cafe in Moscow, accompanied by a Russian officer. “He was suspected by the Russians to deal with several local agents.”

The case may seem trivial for ordinary Algerians. Yet it is far from being as simple as that. Information was not unknown to the intelligence and security department of Algeria, on the alert for quite some time. She led the sleuths of the department of espionage against to reopen the case of 15 fighter aircraft Mig 29 SMT, returned in 2008, especially in Russia and Russian federal authorities asked for clarification on the spy Vadim Liederman and network ‘Israeli spy in Russia, the daily El Khabar, in its edition today.

Sukhoi and MiG 29 in sight. After investigation, it was shown that the service of the Israeli Mossad had a hand in the transmission device data of these fighters. Manipulations that would have allowed the Israeli intelligence services to obtain any information or movements of the Mig 29 for use by Algerian pilots. Not only. Services-intelligence against Algerians have asked federal authorities through diplomatic channels, still reveals El Khabar, the volume of sensitive information that the spy may have collected on arms destined for Algeria. It is becoming increasingly clear that Israel is very interested in weapons contracts awarded by the Ministry of Defence with Russia. As the modernization of the fleet or naval fighter aircraft Mig 29 and Sukhoi Su-30.

Highly sensitive information. Available information indicates that the long investigation was ongoing for several months, it has led to the discovery of this spy introduced into the Russian military-industrial complex of the Israeli network, which decided to expel the Russian spy, covered by diplomatic immunity. The cons-Russian espionage had concluded that the task of Vadim Liederman was to try to obtain information on transactions concluded by Algeria with Russia on the Sukhoi 30 and the air defense system type Baensteir face. Letout is to know the degree of infiltration of this network in groups such as Russian Irkut. Finally, according to the latest information, security experts Algerian struggle against spyware, opened a communication channel with the Russian authorities to determine the security information systems, weapons that were imported from Algeria Russia over the last six years and that could have been disclosed to the Israeli spy. In addition, the Algerian intelligence service discovered, according to El Khabar that highly sensitive information on missiles purchased from European suppliers came into the hands of Israeli intelligence.

Remember that Algeria had insisted in 2009 with the Russian federal authorities to strengthen monitoring and protecting the flow of arms to Algeria. In his obsession with security, Israel is also interested always in the Russian military complex, since it is the official supplier to neighboring Syria, Iran and Lebanese Hizbollah in turn.”

 

 

Translated by Google,

Original article can be found here: http://www.lematindz.net/news/4420-le-contre-espionnage-du-drs-sur-les-traces-du-mossad.html

Lebanon still waiting for its Leopard tanks purchased from Belgium

 

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.”

http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/liban/le-liban-attend-toujours-ses-chars-leopard-rachetes-a-la-belgique-279274

Borders Clashes

For the first time in 38 years direct clashes occured between the Lebanese Army and the Israeli Army, here are some photos of vehicles involved from today’s news:

A Spanish UNIFIL Santana Anibal and a Lebanese Army 9th brigade M35

Lebanese soldiers of the 11th brigade armed with an RPG-7

Lebanese army M113A2 probably from the 9th brigade hit by missiles.

Other view of the destroyed M113s

An Israeli David CAV and an M1114 "Fatal Hummer" on the borders

A spanish UNIFIL VEC-M1 at the borders

An Israeli M1114

An Israeli Memugan "Protected Hummer" at the borders

INDOBATT VABs at the borders

Credits: Daylife, Gettyimages