Russia has confirmed five arms contracts with Libya as part of military cooperation between the two nations, according to Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

Rosoboronexport deputy general director Alexander Mikheyev said the arms deals involved military equipment, the modernisation of T-72 tanks, and the general supply of spare parts for the Libyan ground forces.

The deputy general director, who is heading the 4th Arab-African aviation exhibition and conference LAVEX-2009 air show in Tripoli said the country had already guaranteed the payments for three contracts.

“The Libyan military wants to have only the most advanced military equipment because neighbouring countries, including Egypt, have recently bought new weaponry and strengthened their defence potentials,” he said.

In addition, the contracts involve equipment for the Libyan Navy while Rosoboronexport is also participating in a Libyan tender to deliver aircraft and air defence systems.

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