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|Libya may get ex-UAE Mirage 2000s|
|Topic Started: Mar 26 2012, 04:14 AM (389 Views)|
|israeli||Mar 26 2012, 04:14 AM Post #1|
Libya may get ex-UAE Mirage 2000s
Written by defenceWeb
Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:28
Libya may procure the United Arab Emirates’ 68 Mirage 2000 fighters once the UAE replaces them with Rafales.
Brigadier General Abdel-Moneim said Ayad, Director of Public Relations at Libya’s Interior Ministry, was quoted by the Middle East News Agency (MENA) as saying that the UAE has offered to transfer to Libya its 68 Dassault Mirage 2000s.
The UAE is considering replacing its Mirage 2000s with Rafales. Air & Cosmos magazine recently reported that all the technical and financial terms of the Rafale sale have been settled and that only a state to state defence agreement is necessary for the deal to go ahead.
However, the French newspaper La Tribune last month reported that French President Nicolas Sarkozy would travel to the UAE in March or early April to finalise the Rafale contract, which has been years in the making.
Furthermore, reports suggest that Qatar is trying to sell its Mirage 2000s to Libya – last month it was reported that Qatar was attempting to sell all 12 to the Libyan air force.
According to Tactical Report, crown Prince of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani is said to have talked with Chief of Staff of the Libyan Armed Forces Major-General Yusef Al-Manqoush during their meeting on Monday in Doha, about plans to sell Qatar’s Mirage 2000-5 fighters to Libya.
Last year Qatar, a close ally of France, said it wanted to replace its Mirage fleet this year, by buying around 24 to 36 new fighters.
Meanwhile, at the beginning of this month it was reported that France will modernise a dozen of Libya’s surviving Dassault Mirage F1 fighters and provide training to Libyan pilots.
France is retiring its F1 fleet and will withdraw its last aircraft in 2014. It has contemplated selling some of these aircraft to Libya.
More of the article here.
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|icefrog||Mar 26 2012, 05:27 AM Post #2|
Libyan deputy PM is currently denying it. It is considered a rumor for now.
|KFIR||May 13 2012, 04:43 PM Post #3|
Please also sell some to our poor Philippine Air Force as a stop gap measure?
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