An air bridge: several Turkish C-130 aircraft delivered a secret cargo to Libya
TRIPOLI, (BM) – Turkey organized an air bridge to Libya. In recent days, systematic flights of aircraft of the Turkish military transport aircraft C-130 Hercules have been recorded, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing EuAsia Daily.
It is reported that they are delivering military products and militants to Syrian anti-government groups to a North African country. Also at the airport in the Libyan city of Misurat, which became the main transshipment point for arms deliveries from Turkey, the Q-17 Globemaster III transport sides belonging to Qatar had previously landed.
According to military expert Yuri Lyamin, judging by the published data, the winged trucks flew with the transponders turned off and disguised themselves as flights of the Turkish air forces, writes Russian Weapons portal.
These four-engine giants of American manufacture with their own weight of more than 265 tons can carry goods weighing up to 77 tons. Apparently, they were urgently attracted to transport some very heavy cargoes that the “one hundred and thirty” turboprops could not lift. Perhaps we are talking about the T-300 Kasirga multiple launch rocket systems or Turkish-made Bora missile systems. Armored vehicles and artillery in Libya are usually transported by ship.
It also became known that in the Misurata region, Turkey deployed the MIM-23 Hawk anti-aircraft missile systems.
“It is believed that it was with the help of Turkish forces and air defense in recent days that two Chinese Wing Loong II drones, operating on the side of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Haftar, were shot down,” notes Lyamin.
In addition, under the guidance of Turkish experts in Tripoli, in one of the neighborhoods near residential buildings, an airstrip for Turkish drones Bayraktar TB2 was built. Such a dangerous neighborhood can lead to very sad consequences. If Haftar’s forces try to destroy this object, civilian structures will suffer, the expert warns.
Recall that in Libya, an absentee confrontation unfolded between Turkey, which supports the formation of the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Faiz Saraj and sent thousands of Syrian militant Islamists, as well as strike systems, to the Arabian monarchies of the Persian Gulf, among which are especially notable United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi supplies the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, among other things, combat drones.
Turkey sent thousands of Syrian militants to Libya from the al-Mutasim Division, the Sultan Murad Brigades, Sukur al-Shamal and other groups operating in northwestern Syria. The cease-fire regime established in Syrian Idlib (according to the agreements of Russia and Turkey of March 5), Ankara is trying to use to transfer additional forces from Syria to Libya.
In addition to the “Syrian armed opposition” mercenaries and large arms lots (ACV-15 infantry fighting vehicles, 35-mm anti-aircraft mounts, T-155 Firtina howitzers, etc.), Turkey previously deployed a certain number of “military advisers” to Tripoli. According to Arab media, these are officers of the army special forces, as well as a group of employees of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) of Turkey.
Marshal Haftar enjoys the support of Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE. On the side of the GNA, Sarajah is Turkey and Qatar.
Last week, the LNA suffered a series of defeats on the Libyan front, losing, in particular, control over the al-Vatiya airbase 140 km south of Tripoli, where there was an impressive arsenal of weapons and military equipment, including Russian anti-aircraft missile-cannon delivered from the UAE complexes “Pantsir-S1”. This forces Haftar’s forces to move towards more decisive action against Turkey and the GNA.
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