The fourth-generation MiG-29 fighters and Russian-made Mi-24 helicopters seen in satellite images in Libya could be bought by the UAE from Belarus, writes The Drive, referring to materials distributed on social networks.
Belarus Security Blog initially expressed doubt about the reliability of such information, but then noted that “the possibility of obtaining [фельдмаршалом Ливийской национальной армии Халифом] Haftar of aircraft purchased by a third party, such as the UAE, through Belarusian arms traders and not necessarily in Belarus. ”
“Pilots may be private contractors, not official military personnel,” the blog writes.
The military expert Yuri Lyamin, in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets, named three versions of the appearance of the MiG-29 in Libya. According to the first, the fighters are indeed Russian, and these planes arrived in Libya from the Khmeimim air base in Syria. According to the second version, the MiG-29s are Egyptian, and were sent to Libya to act against Turkey. “And the third option is that these aircraft were purchased from the reserves of a country by the United Arab Emirates, and then transferred to Haftar,” the expert said.
According to him, the MiG-29 in Libya can be used, in particular, to destroy Turkish drones.
In May, Defense Consulting, a Ukrainian consulting agency, said Turkish Bayraktar TB2 attack drones staged a “true genocide” of Russian-made Pankir-C1 anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems (ZRPK).
Then the Turkish Anadolu agency reported the destruction of nine Russian-made air defense missile systems in Libya.