Haftar’s army deployed Soviet Kvadrat air defense systems in Libya
TRIPOLI, (BM) – Engineers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) repaired and returned to service the Soviet Kvadrat air defense systems, which have already demonstrated high efficiency during the hostilities, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. On some of the complexes, engineers tried to install AA-2 Atoll air-to-air missiles.
The army of Khalifa Haftar continues to successfully resist armed provocations by the formations of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya. As part of protective measures, an audit of military equipment was carried out.
Specialists have updated tracked anti-aircraft missile systems Kvadrat, produced in the Soviet Union. Most of these air defense systems after the outbreak of the crisis in 2011 were inoperative.
After the repair, the complexes began to gradually return to the combat zone. LNA with the help of Kvadrat managed to shoot down several enemy aircraft, including the French fighter Mirage F.1 and the light attack aircraft L-39.
Haftar’s fighters also tried to install K-13 air-to-air missiles (NATO countries designate them AA-2 Atoll) on the air-to-air missile system. One piece of equipment must carry five of these missiles. However, at the moment there is no information confirming the use of such missiles by the Kvadrat complexes.
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.
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