US delivers Cessna aircraft to Lebanese Armed Forces
US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard has announced the delivery of Cessna aircraft to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).
The LAF received the aircraft as part of a 'total package' that includes maintenance support and training, with a combined value of around $30m.
Equipped with Hellfire missiles and a day / night targeting system, the Cessna will be used by the LAF to conduct border security missions, combat threats from extremist groups, and support the army's ground troops.
Richard said: “Over several years of close military-to-military engagements, we have seen the Lebanese Army develop into a trusted US partner and a major contributor to stability in Lebanon and the region. This partnership is strong now.
“We share fundamental goals with the Lebanese Armed Forces, border protection, internal security and counter-terrorism, to name a few. And we will continue to work together on those fronts.”
The aircraft delivered is the third in the LAF, according to a statement posted by US Embassy in Lebanon.
Additionally, the US will continue to help Lebanon with equipment needs, filling gaps in their capabilities.
It will also continue comprehensive training programmes and share experiences in both basic and advanced skills.
The US is committed to strengthening the capacity of the LAF to secure Lebanon’s borders, defend the sovereignty of the state and maintain overall security, the statement said.