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Libyan Newswire

Military Equipment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 07:36

Following on reports of Botswana in discussions with Sweden over the purchase of eight Gripen C/D fighter jets, it has emerged that the southern African country is seeking to acquire armoured vehicles and air defence systems as well.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 06:22

On 12 May Egypt received the first shipment of armoured vehicles from the US. Thursday’s delivery was “the first batch of a total of 762 MRAP vehicles that the United States is transferring to Egypt,” the U.S. Embassy in Cairo reported.

Monday, May 23, 2016 – 06:16

Libyan diplomats are urging caution over an evolving U.S. plan to arm and train the country’s militias again to battle the growing Islamic State threat, fearing a repeat of the abysmal Pentagon-led program that ended with only a few hundred trained fighters and U.S. weapons in the hands of Islamist militias in Libya.

Monday, May 23, 2016 – 06:12

The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War.

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 07:01

Sweden’s state-funded military materials procurement agency is denying that a deal has been struck to sell 12 Saab JAS Gripen C/D multirole fighters to Botswana. Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) confirmed that while the organization is “in talks” with Botswana, the number of aircraft under discussion is around eight and not 16.

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 06:26

Egypt is seeking Harpoon Block II missiles from the United States in a deal worth an estimated $143 million. The US State Department approved the possible foreign military sale and issued notification to Congress on 11 May, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 06:13

Botswana is in talks with Sweden regarding the purchase of eight Gripen fighter jets from Saab, according to the country’s defence materiel agency. The BDF has also expressed interest in the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 08:58

The United States gave jeeps, communications technology and small aircraft to Tunisia on Thursday to help protect the border with Libya, where Islamic State has gained ground and set up training camps, officials said.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 07:45

WARSAW, Poland — A NATO spokesman says military equipment and troops have started arriving in Poland by air and sea for a major military deployment exercise by the new “Spearhead” force.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 06:20

Foreign military sales by the United States are growing because its products are considered well-made and reliable, but it is a complicated area not only involving foreign governments but various departments inside the American government and Congress having to sign off on those agreements.