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Russia secretly upgraded Libyan fighter jets prior to peace deal

February 2021, by Wil Crisp. For security reasons the 2nd team member wants to remain anonymous, but his is known to our Journalismfund.eu.

BENGHAZI –¬†Fighter jets commanded by the Libyan military general Khalifa Haftar were secretly upgraded and serviced using parts shipped in by Russia over 2019 and 2020, violating the existing UN arms embargo, according to security sources with knowledge of the operations.

The parts were flown into the Benina airbase, located south of Benghazi, and at least three models of aircraft received upgrades.

These were the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, the Sukhoi Su-24 and the Sukhoi Su-27.

The equipment imported by Russia included parts relating to the engines of the aircraft as well as guns that were mounted on the aircraft.

The UN Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on Libya since February 2011 relating to the supply or arms and military equipment to and from Libya.

Image: Wil Crisp

Published: MEED