Libyan army takes delivery of 10 Russian-made BMP-3 armoured infantry fighting vehicles 2609132
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|Thursday, September 26, 2013 05:09 PM|
|Libyan army takes delivery of 10 Russian-made BMP-3 armoured infantry fighting vehicles.|
Ten Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, the first part of an order made by the Qaddafi regime, have been handed over to the Libyan army. The handover ceremony took place at Mitiga Air Base. Attending were the Chief of Staff, General Abdel-Salam Jadallah Obeidi and the Chief of Staff of ground forces, Brigadier General Yousef Abu-Hajar, together with the Russian Ambassador, Ivan Molotkov, and a Russian delegation.
The BMP-3 handover ceremony took place at Mitiga Air Base.
General Obeidi welcomed the guests and praised what he called the close ties between Libya and Russia based as they were, he said, on mutual respect. The re-activation of the deal, he added, would help make Russia an important partner in the present process of rebuilding the Libyan army.
In 2010, Libya and Russia signed a $1.75-billion military cooperation to upgrade Russian-made tanks and weaponry used by Libya since the Soviet era. However, delivery of the BMP-3 tracked vehicles, closely resembling battle tanks but in fact designed to destroy tanks, was halted as a result of the arms embargo imposed by the UN at the start of the revolution in 2011.