TRIPOLI, (BM) – Turkey does not rule out the possibility of striking at Al-Jufrah airbase, which is currently the stronghold of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing military experts.
Such threats are reinforced by the video footage of the exercises that appeared on the Web, during which the Turkish Air Force F-16 aircraft are refueling in the air from flying KC-135 tankers.
Military expert Yuri Lyamin believes that the conflict in Libya continues to develop along the path of further escalation. After the recent destruction of Hawk anti-aircraft missile systems at the El-Vatiya airbase, which is controlled by the Government of National Accord and the Turkish military, Haftaru now has to fear.
“Turkey can use its rather large fleet of F-16 fighters to attack Al-Jufra. As far as we know, in total, the Turkish Air Force has received about 270 F-16C / D Block 30, 40, 50 and 30 fighters since the late 1980s 50+” the experts said.
Some of the cars during this time were lost due to accidents and other reasons, but in general, Turkey can now estimatedly have about 250 combat-ready F-16s.
Such aircraft are capable of using a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground guided weapons, including Rocketsan’s guided bombs and SOM cruise missiles.
In order to ensure a successful operation in Libya, the Turkish Air Force has seven KC-135R tanker aircraft and four latest E-7T long-range radar detection and control aircraft.
“This year, combat groups of aircraft consisting of F-16, KC-135 and E-7 have already conducted exercises off the coast of Libya, working out interaction with Turkish forces, which are now deployed off the coast and on the territory of Libya,” Lyamin said.
Russia transferred Su-24 and nuclear bomber at an air base in Libya
The Center for Strategic and International Studies has published on June 19 satellite images, which confirm that Russia continues to carry out the transfer of its military aircraft to Libya to provide the necessary support to the army of Khalifa Haftar.
The presence of Su-24 bomber in the photographs is unusual – to date, Libya does not have a single aircraft of this model, but is much more remarkable to find a long-range Tu-22 strategic bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapons at the Al-Jufra airbase.
On shared satellite imagery, you can see the transportation of the MiG-29 fighter, the appearance of the Su-24 bomber on the runway and the Tu-22 long-range strategic bomber located in the shelter. The latter is indicated as abandoned, however, until recently it was believed that all aircraft of this model have already been destroyed.
Among other things, at the Libyan air base, the Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system was also seen.
However, taking into account the quality of satellite images, it was not possible to establish whether it was Russian versions of these complexes or expert versions.
Egypt prepares to enter Libya
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called on the country’s armed forces to be ready to carry out combat missions outside the republic, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according his statement on June 20 in front of Air Force units of the Western Military District, which is also responsible for protecting the 1,200-kilometer border with Libya.
“The Egyptian army remains one of the strongest in the region, but it is an army that protects, not threatens, and this is our invariable doctrine,” the head of the republic said. “If you need to take any action in the western region, be prepared for any tasks within our borders, and, if necessary, beyond them.“
“I am pleased to meet with you today and I am confident in the high preparedness and professionalism of the armed forces, special forces and the Air Force, and that they are ready for any mission,” said el-Sisi and thanked the military for maintaining the border with Libya “throughout last seven years.“
The Libyan national army will fight against Turkey and its mercenaries, Haftar said
The Libyan national army will fight against Turkey and its mercenaries, Haftar said while inspecting the military camp in Benghazi, made a statement about the main goal of the Libyan National Army (LNA) on July 6.
According to the commander-in-chief, it consists in combating Turkish expansion and hired militants who arrived in Libya from Ankara, and not with the so-called Government of National Accord (GNA).
According to the channel Al Hadath, on the eve of Haftar visited the military camp of Gary Eunice, where he spoke to the military. Haftar called all the military a duty to liberate Libya from the “evil elements” and ensure the stability so necessary for the country.
According to Haftar, “a soldier is a status that is given to those who show allegiance to their country. A status that not everyone deserves.” In his opinion, a soldier is a person who has been taught to fight, to sacrifice everything for the sake of the Motherland and to be organized.
The Libyan military, according to Haftar, needs to remember why and against whom they are fighting. Their enemies are foreign occupiers and militants. Libya is now in a difficult situation – Turkey is making attempts to capture it with the help of Syrian militants.
The task of the LNA is to drive them out of the country and restore peace to their homeland. At the end of his speech, Haftar thanked the loyal LNA fighters.
Libyan civil war
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).
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