U.S. Delivers Laser-Guided Rockets to Lebanese Army

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The United States said Wednesday that it “pleased to announce the delivery today of the shipment of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets,” valued at more than $16 million and destined for the Lebanese Army.

“These APKWS laser-guided rockets are a key component for the Lebanese Air Force’s new A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft,” the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

“Today’s delivery demonstrates the U.S. government’s firm and steady commitment to support to the Lebanese Armed Forces in their capacity as the sole, legitimate defender of Lebanon,” the embassy noted.

The reference appeared to be aimed at the Iranian-backed Hizbullah, which has an arsenal that rivals that of the Lebanese Army.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif offered his country's military aid to Lebanon during a visit this week, but said the Lebanese government had to show "a desire" to accept it first.

The U.S. embassy said in its statement that since 2005, the United States has “invested over $2 billion in our strong partnership with the Lebanese Armed Forces.”

Comments 5
Thumb s.o.s 13 February 2019, 16:08

Thank you America !

Thumb lebanon_first 13 February 2019, 18:39

The US gives weapons for Lebanon to defend itself.

Iran gives weapons to Hezbollah, so that it can bully Lebanon into submission under its rule.

Thumb whyaskwhy 13 February 2019, 19:43

Although I am happy to see that the US supply the Leb Army with weaponary instead of the usualy outdated 1950's Soviet era surplus I am perplexed to understand how will it be used? If these are light aircraft (propeller driven etc) and the weapons on them will also be light laser guided weapons then they surely would not hold up against say our traditional enemy south of Sidon nor will they hold up against other enemies east of El Masna3? they could be useful I imagine a lot more effectively fighting say a small revolt within Lebanon by groups such as the umpteen camps or even the Lebanese themselves. Otherwise they would gather dust and be looked upon as expensive trophies.

Missing sanctify 14 February 2019, 09:18

Don't forget that the SuperTucanos also carry the 250 kg laser guided bombs. Together with the APKWS, these are precision weapons but the APKWS is intended to smaller and softer targets (like 4x4 trucks, etc), while the bombs can be used for fortified structures.

Missing cedars 14 February 2019, 05:04

USA arms parts are available but Iranian arms parts are banned and embargoed