Four Isayev S-125 Pechora (a NATO reporting name SA-3 Goa, a Finnish military acronym ItO 79) anti-aircraft missiles in the anti-aircraft museum of Finland (Suomen ilmatorjuntamuseo) in Hyrylä of Tuusula.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 p.m.) – Turkey allegedly replaced its destroyed air defense system at the Al-Watiyah Airbase with Ukrainian equipment they recently acquired, the Russian publication, Avia.Pro, reported on Friday.

“Turkey has replaced the MIM-23 Hawk systems destroyed by Mirage 2000 fighters with the Soviet S-125,” Avia.Pro said.

According to Avia.Pro, the Turkish military has deployed the modernized S-125 to the Al-Watiyah Airbase in order to prevent future strikes by the Libyan National Army (LNA) and their allies.

“The modernized Soviet S-125 air defense systems acquired by Turkey a few days ago from Ukraine have already been deployed in Libya,” they said. “According to sources, the complexes are located on the territory of Al-Watiyah Airbase, where less than a week ago, as a result of an attack by UAE fighters, at least three Turkish MIM-23 Hawk systems, as well as Ukrainian radar and electronic warfare systems, were lost.”

The Avia.Pro report says that Emirati aircraft bombed the airbase, but there has been no official comment from Abu Dhabi.

“In fact, Turkey took forced measures and began to buy up Soviet weapons, since the latter turned out to be several times better than what Ankara could provide the Libyan Government of National Accord,” the report continued.

The Avia.Pro report added that “Turkey purchased at least 5 S-125 air defense batteries from Ukraine; however, sources claim that there are only three Soviet-designed complexes at Al-Watiyah airbase.”

 

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Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-07-11 03:15

Haftar has no Mirage-2000, idiot! He has a few old Mirage-F1.
You don’t deploy Soviet batteries so fast without personnel trained at using these, especially if these were modernised, so neither Turkey nor GNA has personnel with the knowledge. Training a SAM team may take many months, look at Turkey’s S-400 which still are not operational after a year while personnel is being trained at its use for at least 2 years now.

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Steiko Salami
2020-07-12 03:26
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

But, the the Mirage 2000,
was from UAE ???

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2020-07-14 09:48
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Steiko is correct that the LNA has backing from the UAE as well as France. Italy, a fellow NATO member, is backing the GNA. Egypt has now entered the fray on behalf of the LNA . This is getting interesting… I do however agree with you that you just don’t buy modernized weapons from the Ukraine one day and install it the next. Either the Turkish military already have experience with these systems or they are bluffing hoping to scare off the LNA. If they have experience with them then they are going to have to explain that to the… Read more »