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Russian Su-35s in Libya destroyed positions of militants and GNA forces

TRIPOLI, (BM) – Russian Su-35 fighters in Libya attacked the militants and the forces of the Government of National Accord, defeating their positions, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Night Courier magazine.

Read more: 24/7 BulgarianMilitary.com – All about Libyan civil war

This became a kind of test drive for Russian combat aircraft when they were delivered to Egypt. Electronic countermeasures and air defense systems could not protect against the Islamists’ strike. By the way, two of them were successfully destroyed.

Several weeks ago, the US military released images showing MiG-29 and Su-35 fighters, as well as Su-24 bombers, were spotted over Libya.

The Su-35 fighters are combat aircraft that Egypt bought from Russia. According to analysts, Egypt has decided to test Russian combat aircraft, especially since Cairo has targets in Libya for this, writes Avia.pro.

Combat aircraft may indeed be Russian. However, they are in service with Egypt, and therefore claims against Moscow should not be presented, analysts say.

As we reported earlier this month Russia tested the first batch of purchased Su-35s for Egypt.

Egypt has become the third state on the planet that has decided to acquire the Su-35. Cairo ordered 24-28 of the latest aircraft from Moscow. Of course, after receiving them, the combat effectiveness of the Egyptian Air Force will seriously increase.

The Egyptians have already bought from the Russians 52 light MiG-29M fighters, the same number of Ka-52 attack helicopters, R-77 medium-range (110 km) air-to-air missiles, S-300VM and Buk-M2 air defense systems. Therefore, Israel’s military-technological advantage in the region will soon end.

According Egyptian military experts, these fighters will become not only the most advanced machines in Africa, but throughout the Arab world. Moreover, the Su-35 are superior in all respects not only to the Algerian Su-30 and Saudi F-15SA, but also to the Israeli F-15C and F-15I.

The Su-35 has 75% less radar signature than the F-15, Militrary Watch is sure. They are more maneuverable due to the first-class AL-41 aircraft engine, which has 35% more thrust than the F110 engine on the F-15.

In addition, the Su-35s fly much farther, are equipped with good radar and can carry more payload, including long-range (up to 300 km) R-37 air-to-air guided missiles.

Libyan civil war

Having ruled the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in the 2011 civil war. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, a parliament is sitting in Tobruk, supported by the Libyan national army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west, in Tripoli, a government of national accord.

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN.

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).

At the same time, the GNA is actively supporting Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.

Ruling the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed during the 2011 civil war. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, a parliament sits in Tobruk, supported by the Libyan national army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west in Tripoli, a government of national accord. At the same time, the PNC actively supports Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.

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