7.4.2020

Jordan apparently sold its Chinese UAVs to Libya

Jordanian UAVs apparently sold to Libya – link

Source: Defence Web

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  • Mohamed Siala, foreign minister in the government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, has accused Jordan of supplying Chinese-made UAVs to Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army. Siala, on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA), said in a letter to the United Nations Security Council that foreign nations are supplying weapons to the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) in violation of the arms embargo
  • Siala said the aircraft were delivered to Benghazi on 28 March. According to Jane’s, flight tracking data showed a Jenis Air Il-76TD flying from Jordan to Benghazi on that day
  • In June 2019 the Royal Jordanian Air Force announced it was selling six CH-4B UAVs, acquired from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) in 2016 along with AR-1 laser-guided missiles and FT-9 guided bombs
  • In response to repeated violations of the Libyan arms embargo, the European Union on 31 March announced the launch of Operation Irini.
  • Irini, (Greek for peace), will have as its core task the implementation of the UN arms embargo through the use of aerial, satellite and maritime assets. In particular the mission will be able to carry out inspections of vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya suspected to be carrying arms or related material to and from Libya in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2292 (2016). The mandate of Operation Irini will initially last until 31 March 2021
  • The United Arab Emirates and Egypt support eastern forces of Khalifa Haftar which have been trying to take Tripoli. The internationally recognized administration based in Tripoli trying to fend off Haftar’s forces is backed by Turkey
  • UN experts accuse Jordan and the United Arab Emirates of supplying military material to Haftar’s forces, which they said then prompted Libya’s Government of National Accord to ask Turkey for help. Haftar is also backed by Egypt and more recently Russian mercenaries, according to diplomats and Tripoli officials

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