The Lebanese Ambassador to Russian Federation, Chawki Bou Nasser told Sputnik News on Tuesday that Beirut requested a large number of Kornet ATGMs (anti-tank guided missiles), T-72 Tanks, and advanced cannons from Moscow.

“Lebanon needs weapons to fight these people [terrorists], and especially the Russian rockets, there is one well known, Kornet, because Lebanon got some of the weapons and used them effectively, and is still working with the Russian side to provide these kinds of weapons… Kornet, and the cannons, and the tanks, T-72 tanks, although old — but Russia promised to renovate them and to update the systems in these tanks — and of course the shells for the cannons, ammunition,” Nassar said.

“Lebanon is, of course, expecting to get these within a year,” the ambassador said, expressing hope that Russia will also follow up on its previous pledge to supply up to nine helicopters through a grant.

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Lebanon has experienced a large influx of terror-related activities after the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) first targeted the town of Jaroud Qa’a in the Beqa’a Governorate.

Due to growing security concerns, the Lebanese government and military have reached reached out to a number of countries for assistance, including the Russian Federation.

With the Islamic State and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda group) terrorists wrecking havoc near the Syrian border, Lebanon’s internal security is at the utmost importance for the government in Beirut.

The ambassador stressed that Lebanon needs weapons to fight terrorist groups, such as the Daesh and the Nusra Front, on the Syrian border. The two jihadist militant organizations, both outlawed in many countries, including Russia, have seized parts of Syria.

 

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  1. Ha.
    T72 is the same chassis, and hull and turret with weapon, like T90, the present russian MBT.
    The diff between 72 and 90 is in optics and fire control. And passive/active armor But what to modernize on the block of iron???

    • These are not ‘small’ mods at all! Without upgraded armor, any TOW or ‘dumb’ 1971 CRV-7 rocket can just roast such MBT! Optics and fire control are huge (and expensive) updates too. Once done, T-72 stills a very capable MBT by today’s standards and will be much cheaper than putting money in the T-90 (about 2.5M$/unit) or having to wait for the T-14 Armata… Well, a more eco-friendly and less thirsty motor could be nice. Have you ever approached an old tank? A WW2 T-34 motor was used for the Treblinka’s gas chambers (Yup, no Zyklon B here!).

    • Lebanon under severe threat from nusra/daesh plus the army is poorly armed and poorly trained the americans gave the leb army prettyuch fuck all prob due to Isreali pressure…. But one thing the russians dont do is be told what to do fair play to them it seems russia offers a fair deal in terms of military, economic and diplomacy

    • Err, Django : although some ppl still haven’t understood it in US DoS or in Poland, cold war ended in 1991. The question is not balance of power between US and Russia, it’s that barbarians are beginning to spillover into Lebanon. If Lebanon can’t hermetically blocade its borders AFAP, as IS+Qaeda and alikes being on the way to a serious defeat, they are clearly considering rushing into Lebanon and Lebanon is a much easier prey than Syria.
      Lebanon is not a very rich country, I don’t feel them buying 16M€ Leclerc tanks (a T-90 is 2.5M$ so an upgraded T-72 will be much cheaper) and Russia has tens of thousands tanks in storage from the soviet era.
      Russians are probably the only ones that can help you to equip a decent army fastly and for cheap.
      And BTW, Lebanon should highly consider Su-25 and some COIN (counter insurgency) aircrafts too, converting cargo airplanes into gunships would also be smth to do : the syrian case would be finished for long if SyAAF had serious CAS (close air support).
      Just consider how things run well in Iraq since they can push up some NDZ (no drive zone).