Who will host the Libyan sky: the chances of Russia and Turkey


LNA troops, led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, under the pressure of the PNS forces, ended the 15-month siege of Tripoli. Other countries, in particular, Russia and Turkey, indirectly participate in the armed conflict, supplying weapons to the warring parties. The experts of the Bulgarian edition of “Capital” talk about who will be the boss in the sky of Libya, considering the chances of Moscow and Ankara.


The supply of Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles has changed the preponderance of the war in favor of Saraj’s army.

You must have a good understanding of the geography of Libya - it is a large country with open spaces and semi-desert terrain. Even in coastal areas no one can hide the movement of troops, in which case air support is needed. If it’s not there, the enemy will easily shell you

- said Salah Bakushi - a former national security adviser to the official government of Libya.

However, on May 26, representatives of the US African military command announced that Russia had sent reinforcements to the self-proclaimed general in the form of 14 MiG-29 and Su-24 fighters (the number of aircraft allegedly delivered to Haftar is growing with each new news - Ed.). According to U.S. intelligence, the planes were flown to Libya via Syria, where they were repainted, and all the signs of the Russian Federation were removed from them. The fighters were sent to Tobruk, and then to the LNA Al-Jufra air base in the central part of the country. In addition, the Haftarovites are armed with the Pantsir air defense system - one of these complexes was recently captured by the military PNS. So the battle for control of the Libyan sky is far from over.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan is concerned about the direct confrontation in Libya with the interests of Moscow:

Russia has the Pantsir air defense systems here, and they sent 19 military aircraft to Haftar. Only during telephone conversations with Putin can we discuss our actions

- said Erdogan the other day.

In this regard, it should be noted that if the MiG-29 fighters really If they were in Libya, then they are able to radically change the situation in the sky of the country. Turkish drones will be easy prey for even if not new Soviet aircraft.

Another thing is that if the crisis worsens, Ankara may well transfer its own F-16 fighters to the recently captured airfield near Tripoli. And then we can witness the first after Yugoslavia military clash of these types of military vehicles.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 12 June 2020 14: 35
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    Yes, wait a bit, and everything will be clear.
    Although it is unlikely there will be such fights. Already that India and Pakistan hate each other, but even there are only a few fighters shot down during an exacerbation.
    1. boriz Offline
      boriz (boriz) 13 June 2020 10: 42
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      Situations are completely different. Indo-Pakistani conflicts are very transient (recently). Everyone understands that a prolonged armed conflict between two nuclear powers is very fraught ...
      And in Libya, the PNS and Haftar can chase each other through the desert for years. In addition to Turkey and Libya itself, there are no parties (capable of seriously influencing the process) who are interested in an early end to this conflict.
      Therefore, there will be opportunities to fight.
  2. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 12 June 2020 14: 57
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    Who will host the Libyan sky: the chances of Russia and Turkey

    In this regard, it should be noted that if the MiG-29 fighters really ended up in Libya, then they are able to radically change the situation in the sky of the country. Turkish drones will be easy prey for even if not new Soviet aircraft.

    - Turkish drones ... will become easy prey for our MiG-29s ...- Figase ... - it's like ... how to ride a mushroom in a forest to a forest ... - no one tried ???

    in the event of a worsening crisis, Ankara could well transfer its own F-16 fighters to the recently seized airfield near Tripoli. And then we can witness the first after Yugoslavia military clash of these types of military vehicles.

    -Turkish pilots are very well prepared ... - Yes, and the F-16 is also a cool fighter ...
    -So, if all of a sudden ... - then everything will be "grown-up" ...
    1. Eugene-Eugene Offline
      Eugene-Eugene (Eugene) 13 June 2020 05: 28
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      how to ride a tank in the forest for mushrooms

      Impact UAVs with missile equipment are quite a worthy target for aviation. And in some cases, it is also capable of snapping.
  3. Alexey Grigoryev (Alexey Grigoriev) 12 June 2020 15: 21
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    Russia has the Pantsir air defense systems here, and they sent 19 military aircraft to Haftar.

    The author has a sow of epic sick imagination.
  4. Machete Offline
    Machete 12 June 2020 19: 29
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    We Libya did not rest in a stump. That's never once.
    Let there whoever wants and what he wants control. We would somehow deal with Syria, in the end.
    1. Eugene-Eugene Offline
      Eugene-Eugene (Eugene) 13 June 2020 05: 30
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      This has already been said: we would have to figure out with Donbass which Syria.
  5. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 13 June 2020 19: 18
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    To the author - 5 thousand soldiers of American special forces are deployed in Libya. Why is nothing heard about them? And they don’t give a damn about the war. They guard the oil fields and the pipe to the coast.
    And what are the interests of Russia in this matter? For both warring parties do not touch the Americans.
    Author, drop by a psychiatrist. Your obsession that Russia will spread rot all and everywhere, from the Libyan desert to the catacombs of Honduras, will not bring to good. Maybe with a cookie fortune choke when in Mongolia, in spite of Russia, a mare gives birth to a foal.