Russia provides 10 MiG fighter jets to Lebanon for free

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    Russia gave Lebanon an early Christmas gift of 10 MiG fighter jets today in a deal to boost defence co-operation.

    The MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters would be provided for free to Lebanon under an agreement on military-technical assistance, the head of Russia’s defence co-operation service said. Mikhail Dmitryev said that the jets would be taken from Russia’s existing stock.

    He said that Moscow was also in talks to supply Beirut with heavy armour, adding that supplies of such weaponry were “now possible after the situation in this nation has stabilised”. He said: “We view the Lebanese army as the main guarantor of this nation’s stability, therefore the armed forces of this country must be strengthened.” The deal followed a meeting in Moscow between Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his Lebanese counterpart Elias Murr. Mr Serdyukov said that Russia had received a detailed list of armaments sought by Lebanon.

    When details of the deal first emerged on Tuesday, it was suggested that the aircraft would be sold at a hefty discount. But Mr Dmitryev confirmed today that they would be free, with delivery paid by the Russian Defence Ministry, saying: “Military-technical assistance, this means assistance in budgetary funds.” The MiG-29s, one of Russia’s best fighter jets, will provide considerable additional firepower for the Lebanese air force, which currently has only five outdated Hawker Hunter jets and 16 helicopters.

    The gift is certain to strengthen Russian influence in the Middle East as Moscow seeks to restore a position that was lost with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    The agreement is likely to prompt concern in Israel and the United States, given the continuing power and influence of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. Ria-Novosti news agency reported that Lebanese officials were also seeking tanks, anti-tank rockets, air defence systems and helicopters.

    Russia is already a major weapons supplier to neighbouring Syria, which is keen to acquire the latest MiG-29s and was reported to be seeking the latest Sam S-300 air defence missiles earlier this year.

    Moscow denied that it would sell the systems to Syria.

    The northern Syrian port of Tartus has also been identified as a possible base for the Russian navy to gain a permanent presence in the Mediterranean. Russian warships visited Cuba this week for the first time since the Cold War after taking part in their first-ever war games with Venezuela.

    Russia announced plans in September to sell anti-aircraft systems to Iran despite American objections. It is already building a nuclear power plant for Iran that the West suspects is part of Tehran’s plans to acquire an atomic bomb.

    The Kremlin is re-arming Russia’s military too. Colonel-General Nikolai Solovtsov, head of the Strategic Missile Forces, told Russian news agencies that Russia would commission a new intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-24, next year with multiple warheads.

    He said that Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces planned 13 practice launches in 2009, almost double the number this year. They would include five test launches of new missiles as part of plans to overhaul Russia’s Soviet-era nuclear arsenal by 2020 and counter American defence systems.

    “By 2015-2020 the Russian strategic rocket forces will have new complete missile systems with improved combat characteristics,” General Solovtsov said. “They will be capable of carrying out any tasks, including in conditions where an enemy uses anti-missile defence measures.”

    Russia provides 10 MiG fighter jets to Lebanon for free - Times Online
     
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    Guess its time to start funneling money to Chechen rebels. :eusa_shhh:
     
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    we are already three steps behind that game.. Russia is making it pretty obvious that they are sweeping up all of our former Axis of Evil states. Battleships in South America, rubbing elbows with Raul Castro, Lebennon and Iran.

    To be honest, chechens are small potatoes. I'm a little surprised they held as much restraint against Georgia as they did. It's only a matter of time before we have another arms race and I can't decide weather the catylist will be a missle shield in eastern europe or our excuses for putting weapons in space. Either way, it's pretty clear that our authority has diminished globally. Probably has a lot to do with blind support for racist states and pre-emptive invasions.
     
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    Do they come equiped with bullseyes painted on them for the IAF?
     
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    Mig 29 one of their best fighting Jets? Its not a bad Jet, but the Suchoi series is supposed to be significantly better.
     
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    Russians are getting generous. what's up?! :cool:
     
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    Israeli pilots would have little problem handling 29's piloted by those who they have been given too, even if they receive extensive training in Russia.

    The arms build up and restructuring is not good for any of us. Another so called cold war is not good.

    Dealing with Russia needs to be fair, but, we need to be very firm, very direct and we need to stand behind each word we say. Obama needs to let them know that simply because many in the World didn't like Bush, he is not going to be soft in hopes of winning people over. As Russia has already made clear, they are going to test him and not lightly.

    Still Russia is good at saber rattling and they do understand the ultimate reality of all situations.
     

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