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February 23, 2021

A win for the good guys?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:15 am
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Looks like the US may have succeeded in spiriting a copy of Russia’s main short range SAM system out of Libya. (h/t to an alert reader of the blog.  Thank you)

September 8, 2020

Another Russian jet down in Libya?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:06 pm
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Maybe.  Story here.

May 26, 2020

MiG-29s in Libya

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:59 am
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Looks like Russia is sending clandestine support to rebels in Libya.  The most interesting part of the story to me is the fact that the MiG-29 is almost completely out of the Russian Air Force inventory.

October 9, 2019

An interesting story

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:50 am
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...from the end of the cold war.  I recall that the Israelis did something similar stealing an entire SA-2 or SA-3 SAM radar unit from the Egyptians back in the 70s.

May 7, 2019

Libyan F.1

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:52 am
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Reports are that a Portuguese pilot flying as a mercenary for rebel forces in Libya has been shot down by Libyan National Army forces.  More as the story develops.

January 10, 2018

Interesting story

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:10 pm
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I ran across this on the internet.  I hadn’t heard this particular story before regarding the French operations in Chad.

May 12, 2015

Libyan rebel MiG-25s

Filed under: Modeling,Politics — dknights @ 3:34 pm
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I previously noted that the Libyan rebel group, Libya Dawn was reported to be trying to get ex-LAF MiG-25s flying again to use as bombers against government forces.

Much to my surprise, they apparently got at least one of the two-seat trainer MiG-25s flying.  Unsurprisingly it apparently crashed or was shot down while being used as a bomber.

In this photo, the rebel group has apparently put some sort of insignia on he aircraft.

I will be interested to see what happens next.

April 15, 2015

MiG-25 news

Filed under: Modeling,Politics — dknights @ 3:27 pm
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Apparently Libyan rebels are trying to get some MiG-25s flying again, and apparently using them for ground attack.  Color me amazed if they manage to do it.

July 23, 2014


Filed under: Modeling,Politics — dknights @ 8:26 am
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Man, this was expensive.  I cannot imagine the insurance fight that is going to take place on this claim. Remind me not to fly to Tripoli.

October 27, 2012

Devastating, if true

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:20 pm
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More info on the debacle in Libya.  Bing West is a respected military writer and reporter.  If what he says is true, someone needs to be punished.

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