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Su-24 bombers in Libya hit video and attract American media attention

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The war in Libya has not been going on for the first year. It is no secret that Russia in this war is more inclined to support the Libyan National Army of Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Moscow is pinning their hopes on Haftar for some stabilization of the military-political situation in the region. Haftar also benefits from the UAE, Egypt and, to a lesser extent, France and Greece. His main opponent Faiz Saraj, in turn, is supported by Turkey.


The American edition of The Drive cites a statement by the African Command of the US Armed Forces (AFRICOM) that the Su-24 aircraft with Libyan insignia are in fact piloted and serviced by "Russian mercenaries from private military companies associated with the Kremlin." Again the ubiquitous "Wagnerites"? .. Searching for traces of the presence of Russian PMCs in Africa and the Middle East, as we know, has become one of the favorite activities of the Western press. Of course, first of all, the attention of the press is riveted on Libya.

So, as evidence of the supply of aircraft by Russia to Libya, the American publication cites the coloring of the Su-24: it is sustained in the gray-white tones of the Russian Aerospace Forces, and not in the camouflage used by the Libyan Air Force since the reign of Muammar Gaddafi.


Front-line bomber Su-24 before takeoff. Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

According to AFRICOM, in total, Russia could have delivered at least 14 Su-24 and MiG-29s to Libya, having transferred them to North Africa through the Khmeimim airbase in Syria, which houses the Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft participating in the Syrian conflict on the side of President Bashar al-Assad. According to the US military, the exact number of Russian aircraft in the Libyan National Army is unknown, but at least two MiG-29s were lost in accidents.

As proof of the presence of the Su-24, the Americans cite the very propaganda video of the Libyan National Army. True, the planes on it already have the identification marks used by the LNA. Thre Drive also publishes satellite imagery from Planet Labs. They can be seen 2 Su-24 at the Al-Jufra airbase in central Libya. In turn, on June 18, a similar picture was published by the African Command of the US Armed Forces. In early June 2020, 4 Su-24 aircraft were filmed at the Al-Khadim airbase in eastern Libya. The very appearance of the Su-24 in Libya attracts the interest of the American media.

Su-24 bombers in Libya hit video and attract American media attention


According to The Drive, it was initially not very clear when exactly Russian-made aircraft arrived in Libya. However, then satellite images from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria appeared on the Web, showing 6 MiG-29s and 5 Su-24s just a few days before they were fixed in Libya. In the May 25 photo, the planes at the Khmeimim base were already missing, which allowed the US military to claim their transfer to North Africa.


Russian-made aircraft based on Al-Jufra. Source: The Drive

The planes arrived in Libya to aid the army of Khalifa Haftar, supported by the UAE and Egypt. However, the troops loyal to Faiz Saraj managed to repel Haftar's offensive against Tripoli, actively using Turkish military assistance, including the Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles.

Nevertheless, the failure of the offensive on Tripoli, according to the American publication, does not mean that in the future, Khalifa Haftar or his entourage will not want to take revenge. The presence of Russian-made Su-24 aircraft acts as one of the factors giving Haftar confidence in his abilities. At least the more worthy weapons will be at the disposal of the Libyan National Army, the more likely it will eventually go over to a new offensive against the positions of the troops loyal to Faiz Saraj.

It should be noted that, in general, the interest of the American military in the supply of Russian weapons is not very clear. The Americans themselves are arming those they see fit around the world. Not lagging behind the Americans and their NATO allies, for example, the same Turkey, which supplies its drones to the PNS troops in Libya, and militants in Syria, and the Azerbaijani army.

Video with Su-24 aircraft and high-ranking officers of the Libyan National Army watching their flight:

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  1. prior
    prior 25 November 2020 10: 39
    +18
    The Americans have been involved in various military conflicts with their PMCs for so many years that finally even the Russians have learned to do the same.
    And why is there any surprise?
    1. halpat
      halpat 25 November 2020 10: 59
      +4
      The video is cool.
      Question: is there generally NOT Soviet / Russian technology?
      And the commander / speaker looks cool, action camera :)) armored, all the cases.
      And the audience is like that !! important-serious ...
      laughing
      And the landscape. You go out into the field, sit down ... and see you far away.
  2. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 25 November 2020 10: 41
    -11%
    What will Libya pay for military aid? That's what I'm interested in. And the fact that our Su 24s fly somewhere and bomb someone is a personal matter, everyone. Can't they stand in hangars? So they bomb themselves ...
    1. Doccor18
      Doccor18 25 November 2020 10: 49
      +14
      What will Libya pay for military aid? That's what I'm interested in.

      3 billion tons of oil, over 5 trillion. cbm natural gas, more than 2,5 billion tons of high-quality iron ore, as well as deposits of potash and magnesia salts, soda, phosphorites, gypsum, limestone, clay and coal ...
      1. Andrei Nikolaevich
        Andrei Nikolaevich 25 November 2020 10: 54
        -2
        Is this all a payment or just a deposit? .. And if Haftar loses the war, who will receive all these millions and trillions? ..
        1. Doccor18
          Doccor18 25 November 2020 10: 57
          +2
          ... or just a bail?
          laughing
          And if Haftar loses the war ..

          Then investment is a seam ...
          .. who will get all these millions and trillions? ..

          Erdogan and co ..
        2. Polymer
          Polymer 25 November 2020 19: 36
          0
          Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
          And if Haftar loses the war, who will get all these millions and trillions? ..

          And if he wins, the question is the same.
        3. Polymer
          Polymer 25 November 2020 19: 38
          0
          Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
          And if Haftar loses the war, who will get all these millions and trillions? ..

          And if he wins, do you know the answer? The question will be the same.
        4. Paul Siebert
          Paul Siebert 27 November 2020 10: 24
          +1
          Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
          And if Haftar loses the war, who will get all these millions and trillions? ..

          The answer suggests itself - this war must be won.
          Take Tripoli, put Haftar there, raze the ruins of the American embassy to the ground and fill this place with salt ...
          That's when our costs of the Libyan war will pay off ... wink
      2. NEOZ
        NEOZ 25 November 2020 11: 53
        0
        Quote: Doccor18
        3 billion tons of oil, over 5 trillion. cbm natural gas, more than 2,5 billion tons of high-quality iron ore, as well as deposits of potash and magnesia salts, soda, phosphorites, gypsum, limestone, clay and coal ...

        maybe some other base to control the Mediterranean ... with bastions ...
  3. deniso
    deniso 25 November 2020 10: 42
    +1
    Polite pilots plow the skies of Libya on unidentified but flying objects ...
  4. Lesorub
    Lesorub 25 November 2020 10: 43
    +2
    The video shows most of the tanks without remote sensing (any grenade launcher is dangerous, not to mention the ATGM).
    1. Jacket in stock
      Jacket in stock 25 November 2020 11: 07
      -2
      So they are not fighting in cities, with a grenade launcher in the wide steppe to the tank, you still have to try hard to get behind.
      1. Lesorub
        Lesorub 25 November 2020 11: 57
        +2
        Quote: Jacket in stock
        So they are not fighting in cities, with a grenade launcher in the wide steppe to the tank, you still have to try hard to get behind.

        So in this war, no one fights in the open field - all clashes near settlements or places of hydrocarbon production. (and no one has canceled the ATGM on the pickup), plus the armored vehicles in Libya are in danger of being destroyed from the UAV, so your arguments are so-so.
  5. aszzz888
    aszzz888 25 November 2020 10: 50
    -1
    According to The Drive, initially it was not very clear when exactly Russian-made aircraft arrived in Libya.
    As always, we made a progress. laughing And they flew in because nadа. bully
  6. ankir13
    ankir13 25 November 2020 10: 53
    0
    Ridiculous videos, noble teachings, TV-set on the head of Perun the speaker looks bravo, the army is amusing, the tanks are naked like bears, a shock fist, ten to fifteen minutes of life ... Well, the audience! Spectators are super intellectuals of modern battles and military tactics, EXACTLY.
    1. Anatole Klim
      Anatole Klim 25 November 2020 11: 09
      +2
      Quote: ankir13
      Funny videos

      In the video at the end of 7.00, one soldier pulls out the Turkish flag and throws it to the ground, the second soldier tramples on it, somewhere in Turkey it is clearly not up to "laughs". yes
  7. Runoway
    Runoway 25 November 2020 10: 54
    +6
    And I like the news today No. that today is the day of Remembrance of Oleg Peshkov
    -that was killed by militants
    -rewarded posthumously
    -the guilty militants were destroyed

    But the fact that Turkey was knocked down by silence
    And not a single pilot was punished
    And the big question is what about those militants
    1. ankir13
      ankir13 25 November 2020 11: 43
      +1
      They answered asymmetrically to the Turkish pilots, they were not caught in the air for one year at a time, but on the ground, in one fell swoop in the bus, they pushed it down, or don't you remember? Yes, under a conspiracy against the Sultan, how much was spent, few people know ... This shot down crew and the marine who died that day did not cost the Turks cheap.
  8. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 25 November 2020 10: 55
    +1
    managed to capture 4 Su-24 aircraft at the Al-Khadim airbase in eastern Libya
    I see a helicopter, but where are 4 Su-24s? Oh yes, the arrows indicate that they are exactly there in the hangars.
  9. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 25 November 2020 11: 02
    0
    Why, their eyes are so full of holes. Or we have one-time stealth airplanes painted for export to reach the customer. There is generally an air situation control over the Eastern Mediterranean or there is a gateway there. good
  10. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 25 November 2020 11: 04
    -1
    the interest of the US military in the supply of Russian weapons is not very clear. Americans themselves arm those they see fit around the world
    just everything is very clear - competition is stupid.
    Again, what is allowed to Jupitet is not allowed to the bull.
    Who is god and who is beast in their understanding, I think it is clear to everyone. Well, they do not perceive us as equals, even in such trifles.
  11. Engineer
    Engineer 25 November 2020 11: 05
    -4
    It should be noted that, in general, the interest of the American military in the supply of Russian weapons is not very clear.

    It may not be very clear, but it is very useful for assessing the reliability of some of the Kremlin's statements. And not only and not even so much to the Americans
    MOSCOW, February 17. / TASS /. Russian President Vladimir Putin did not send Russian troops to Libya or issue any orders to that effect.

    July 16
    The Russian military is not taking part in the operation in Libya. This was announced by the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, the correspondent of RBC reports.

    Read more at RBC:
    https://www.rbc.ru/rbcfreenews/5f102d599a7947bfbcec981f


    How much separates us from the recognition of #ichtown?
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 25 November 2020 11: 41
      +2
      Quote: Engineer
      It may not be very clear, but it is very useful for assessing the reliability of some of the Kremlin's statements. And not only and not even so much to the Americans

      What surprises you? The statements are absolutely true - you just need to read them literally.
      Russian President Vladimir Putin did not send Russian troops to Libya and did not give any orders in this regard.

      Russian military do not take part in the operation in Libya.

      That is, it is only officially approved that there are no official servicemen of the RF Armed Forces (active) and units of the RF Armed Forces in Libya. The statement says nothing about retirees and representatives of other structures not related to the RF Armed Forces.
      1. Engineer
        Engineer 25 November 2020 11: 46
        -4
        It's just adorable
        That is, it is only officially approved that there are no official servicemen of the RF Armed Forces (active) and units of the RF Armed Forces in Libya

        That is, the Su-24 equipment, which is complex even by aviation standards, is operated not by combat pilots and technicians, but by retirees and marginals from Wagner?

        Cat. Lamp
        1. Alexey RA
          Alexey RA 25 November 2020 11: 56
          +2
          Quote: Engineer
          That is, the Su-24 equipment, which is complex even by aviation standards, is operated not by combat pilots and technicians, but by retirees and marginals from Wagner?

          Or, recently, former combatant pilots and technicians, whose contract with the Ministry of Defense was terminated and a contract was signed with another office. Military personnel formally they are not. smile
          1. Engineer
            Engineer 25 November 2020 12: 06
            -6
            As I understand it, you personally checked it?
            So that everyone's contracts are terminated and new ones are concluded with another organization?
            And what about those who brought them there too?
            Otherwise, why such confidence?
            Threat Another would understand why such pilots who have an alternative in the form of in Syria without losing the status of a soldier. That is, combat allowances, a pension and there is no threat of an article on mercenary activity.
            1. Redfox3k
              Redfox3k 26 November 2020 15: 55
              0
              Military pilots retire quite early in age. Why not pull God by the beard and retire laughing
  12. Thrifty
    Thrifty 25 November 2020 11: 19
    0
    Libya seemed to have a military fleet! It is interesting to know what happened to him, to whom the ships now belong, use them in combat? ??
  13. Ros 56
    Ros 56 25 November 2020 11: 25
    0
    Well, what is your dog business striped, what and where do we supply? These are our strategic interests and you would walk through the forest.
    Presumably, Masha Zakharova should have said so. And that would be correct. wassat