The rebel forces are not organized to fight the Libyan army air strike is not enough 2403111
Defense News - Libya
Thursday, March 24, 2011, 09:47 AM
The rebel forces are not organized to fight the Libyan army, air strike is not enough.
The coalition air effort to halt the Libyan government's attacks on civilians continued into Thursday for a sixth day, with an airstrike in the Tripoli suburb of Tajura, a government official said.
Instead, the rebel forces appear to have been largely volunteers, often with little military expertise. On this picture the Libyan rebel uses an anti-aircraft portable missile SA-7 without the launching mecanism as an anti-tank rocket launcher.
The UK Chief of Defence Staff's Strategic Communication Officer, Maj-Gen John Lorimer, says: "British armed forces have again participated in a co-ordinated strike against Libyan air defence systems in support of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1973. The UK launched guided Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) from a Trafalgar Class submarine at air defence targets as part of the coalition plan to enforce the resolution."
The pro-Gaddafi forces clearly continue to have advantages in weaponry, especially tanks and artillery. So, unless they are moving in the open desert, the rebels seem unable to make advances.
There seems to be little evidence of rebel forces in the east and the west being able to co-ordinate or communicate effectively. And the situation in the west - particularly the effectiveness of rebel forces there, in the third city of Misrata - remains even murkier.
The international coalition now seems to be focusing its attention there more intensively, in what could prove to be the beginning of a new phase in the operation.
The Libyan rebel forces are only armed with small weapons mounted on civilian pickup truck.
There were many military defections to the rebel side early on, clearly including some commanders and officers. Instead, the rebel forces appear to have been largely volunteers, often with little military expertise, armed only with light weapons, and travelling essentially in pick-up trucks.
Latest generation of portable air defense missile system mounted on Strrelets set used by the Libyan armed forces. The Strelets is designed for remote automated firing of the 9K338 Igla-S SA-24 Grinch and Igla surface-to-air missile.
According to photographs analyzed by our team, the armed forces of Kadhafi are equipped with the last generation of portable anti-aircraft missile system made in Russian (MANPADS) SA-24 Grinch (Russian denomination 9K338 Igla-S), able to destroy all types of air threats until a maximum distance from 6.000 Mr.