Capacity building: Turkish tanks first spotted in Libya


Ankara creates a military base in Libya. This is evidenced by data from marine and air monitoring services and navigation resources.


Turkey relocates manpower and military force to territory controlled by the Government of National Accord machinery. The landing of the next two military transport aircraft S-130 Hercules of the Turkish Air Force was recorded at Tripoli Airport, and two frigates of the Turkish Navy providing air defense were identified near the port of Misrat (controlled by the PNS).



Also in the Libyan capital, Turkish tanks M60A1 were first noticed.


It should be noted that although Turkey does not advertise its actions, it does not hide them. Indeed, the PNS is the government of Libya recognized by the UN, although it consists mainly of Islamists. Ankara even has a corresponding agreement on cooperation and military support with the PNS.

However, this is not surprising, because the PNS promised Ankara to fulfill in the future obligations on frozen construction contracts in Libya, which are evaluated $ 25 billion. So, formally, the Turks are in Libya legally at the official invitation of an alleged government, the legitimacy of which is disputed by a popularly elected parliament sitting in Tobruk and controlling the Libyan national army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
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  1. bear040 Offline
    bear040 30 May 2020 13: 48
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    M60 tanks are outdated for a long time and in their level roughly correspond to the Soviet T-54 ... The Turkish offensive with such weapons will either drown or go slowly and with large, and maybe huge losses of the Turkish army.
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 30 May 2020 14: 17
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      This is just enough there.
      1. bear040 Offline
        bear040 30 May 2020 14: 23
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        Given modern anti-tank weapons, sending the M60 into battle can be just as successful as the T-34 ... The very first shot from any ATGM, or RPG, will turn the M60 into a pile of wreckage.
        1. Arkharov Offline
          Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 30 May 2020 14: 24
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          Yes, rather, like the T-72. The difference here will be small, certainly about the ATGM for sure.
          1. bear040 Offline
            bear040 30 May 2020 14: 28
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            No, the T-72s have multilayer armor and dynamic protection, and the T-72 cannon is much better ... And the M60 is an analogue of the Soviet T-54, without protection against weapons of mass destruction, without an automatic loader, without the ability to shoot ATGMs through the barrel cannons and with rolled armor ...
            1. Arkharov Offline
              Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 30 May 2020 14: 30
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              M60 also upgraded a hundred times. And what, in fact, are you going to arrange tank battles there?
              1. bear040 Offline
                bear040 30 May 2020 14: 33
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                M60 is a much older tank than the T-72 ... it is even inferior to the T-62 in armament ... not surpassing it in armor protection ...
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                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 30 May 2020 14: 40
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                  Yes, all this is clear, but do you count on oncoming tank battles? And any ATGMs and T-72 available there will be sent to the trash. Where half of the troops are on carts, and the M60 is a wonderful weapon, as well as inexpensive supplies.
                  1. bear040 Offline
                    bear040 30 May 2020 14: 43
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                    As the battles in Syria and Chechnya have shown, the T-72 is even a tighter nut than the T-80 ... Yes, the first and export modifications, and especially the first export modifications of the T-72, by now have poor protection, but even The T-72S often withstood hits from ATGM and RPG shots, the M60 has no chance of this ...
                    1. Binder Offline
                      Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 16: 52
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                      If absolutely frankly, it should be borne in mind that tanks are yesterday’s weapons, they are being replaced by light, mobile, fully autonomous robotic combat complexes equipped with fundamentally new types of weapons. In Libya, of course, these complexes are not and will not be, however, if the Turks competently use their drones, as they did in Idlib, then the Haftar army has no chance. I think that the Turkish military has already developed methods for the interaction of drones with armored vehicles, in Libyan conditions even outdated tanks can be a formidable force.
                      1. bear040 Offline
                        bear040 30 May 2020 16: 55
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                        The bummer is that those drones that Turkey used in Syria are produced in Turkey in small batches, they are very expensive and almost all available are already lost in battle, and the pace of their release is very high ... With the ground-based robotic complexes, the Turks are even worse, practically no way ... Obsolete tanks will never become a force, it was proved in Syria, where junk suffered huge losses, whoever used them and Turkey is no exception ... Even the newest Turkish Leopard-2 tanks showed themselves worse in Syria than T-72S.
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                        Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 17: 01
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                        You, apparently, are not in the subject ...
                      3. bear040 Offline
                        bear040 30 May 2020 17: 05
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                        Yes, I really need it ... Here are the T-72S that survived in Syria, I saw RPG and ATGM hits ... and the Turkish Army Leopards-2, with towers torn off by an ammunition explosion and dead elite Turkish crews, too ... Chances there are no survivors like Leopard-1 and M 60 to survive on the battlefield, these tanks are weaker than the T-62 ... As for drones, read more about pros and not Russophobia drunks without education from your Rains ...
                      4. Binder Offline
                        Binder (Miron) 30 May 2020 17: 21
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                        I don’t know what “Rains” are and I prefer to sort things out with regard to the modern use of armored vehicles on the battlefield without drunks ...
                  2. Bitter Offline
                    Bitter (Gleb) 30 May 2020 22: 35
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                    Outdated tanks will never become a force

                    There's also a kind of semi-guerrilla warfare, regular troops with a gulkin nose. So both the T-54 and the M60 are fully functional weapons. And the Turks have a well-coordinated army that has some experience in both fighting and fighting partisans, as well as modern means of communication, reconnaissance and command and control systems. Especially it is impossible not to notice that the Turkish authorities do not disagree with the deed. The Turkish army is acting quite confidently, apparently, they have a specific order and a clear goal.
                    Russia, meanwhile, is sitting in Libya on two chairs and is either waiting for something, or simply does not know what to do next. Although, of course, there is still an option with a cunning, very flexible and dynamic plan. good
                    I wonder what kind of troops there will soon appear besides Turkish, French, Italian, or again the Americans with their checkpoints will "rise" like mushrooms after the rain.