Lebanese Armed Forces Out of Service Equipment

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This page contains all out of services arms and equipment used by the Lebanese Armed Forces since its early foundation. The items are arrange in categories according to the branch they are used in.

Ground Force[edit]

Category Types
Infantry weapons MAS-36, MAT-49, FR F1
Main battle tank Charioteer, Sherman Firefly, M41 Walker Bulldog, AMX-13 (75 mm and 105 mm gun), M48A1 (90 mm gun)
Armored personnel carriers M59, Panhard M3, Chaimite, AMX-VCI, AMX-13 VTT, FV-603 Saracen, M125A2 (with 81 mm mortar), Universal Carrier, Cadillac Gage V-100 Commando
Infantry fighting vehicles AMX-13, Saladin, Ferret, Staghound
Towed artillery Brandt 120 mm mortar
Anti-aircraft weaponry M55 20 mm, M-42 "Duster", ZSU-23-4 Shilka, M35 2-1/2 ton cargo truckZU-23-2
Anti-tank missiles ENTAC, SS.11
Anti-tank Unguided Missiles M65 Rocket launcher (Bazooka variant),
Vehicles M3 Scout Car, Kraz trucks, Saviem Trucks, Maz-537G, ACMAT, Dodge trucks, M-38 jeep, Pinzgauer, M-34 trucks, Gurgel Xavante, Jeep Wagoneer
Logistics and Engineering Equipment Willème Tank transporter, M5 Tractor, M817 Dump truck

Air Force[edit]

Aircraft Total Notes
Aérospatiale SA-319 Alouette II 4 Between 1959 and 1960 4 SA-319 Alouette II received, retired in early 80s[1] currently used for crop spraying

On display At the Lebanese Air Force Museum at Rayak Air Base in Rayak[2]

Sud Aviation SA-319 Alouette III 14 On display At the Lebanese Air Force Museum at Rayak Air Base in Rayak[2]
Augusta-Bell AB 212 12 First batch of 6 AB 212s arrived between 1973 and 1974, last batch received in 1979, to be made operational
Bell UH-1 Iroquois Huey I 24 One crashed into a mountain side while the remaining 23 will be replaced with 24 Huey II.
Dassault Mirage III E/D 12 Sold to Pakistan in 2000
Dassault Falcon 20 1
de Havilland Dove 1 Received a DH.104 in 1951,served for over 40 years. Was used for transport as well as general purpose and reconnaissance missions[3]
de Havilland Chipmunk 6 6 DH Chipmunk T.20s and T.30s were ordered and received between 1950 and the early 60s. retired in 1974[4]
de Havilland Vampire 16 Ordered by 1952, started arriving in 1953,The single seat Vampires served through the 60s, while at least 2 twin-seater trainer Vampires remained active to the early 70s[4]

A T.55 is on display At the Lebanese Air Force Museum at Rayak Air Base in Rayak[2]

Fouga Magister CM-170 10 Delivered in 1966, 5 more were bought from the German Air Force Further (Luftwaffe) in 1972[1]

Four of them will be refurbished and back to service for training purposes[5] On display At the Lebanese Air Force Museum at Rayak Air Base in Rayak[2]

Macchi M.B.308 1
North American T-6 Texan 16 Ordered and received in 1952,and final batch of T-6 Harvards was received in 1957, The Harvards were retired in 1972.[4]
Percival Prentice 3 In 1949 Britain donated 3 Percival Proctors they were received In May 1949.[3][6]
Percival Proctor 3 In 1949 Britain donated 3 Percival Proctors they were received In May 1949.[3][6]
Rockwell Shrike Turbo Commander 690 1 Destroyed by 1982
Savoia Marchetti SM.79 4 In 1949 Italy donated 4 SM.79, they were retired in the early 60s. The aircraft were stored in excellent storage conditions. They were redonated to Italy to the Italian Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni and elsewhere[3]
Hawker Hunter 19 10 were sold to Jordan, 1 was shot down in the Six Day War by the IDF, 4 are inactive and displayed in the Lebanese Air Force Museum, while the remaining 4 were brought back into temporary active service in 2008.
Scottish Aviation Bulldog 6 6 Scottish Aviation Bulldogs received in 1975, Currently 3 Bulldogs remain, 1 shot down during a sortie over hostile territories, and 2 lost in accidents. The remaining 3 were brought back into active service in 2010.

Navy[edit]

Type Class/Country of Origin Commissioned Decommissioned Details
Large patrol craft boats France 1959 1991 31 - Tripoli
Coastal patrol craft Byblos class / France 1955 1991 11 - Byblos
1955 1991 12 - Sidon
1955 1991 13 - Beirut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mitilian, Vatche. "Lebanese Air Force - History 4". Vatche Mitilian's Independent Guide To The Lebanese Air Force. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Lebanon Air Force Museum". 
  3. ^ a b c d Mitilian, Vatche. "Lebanese Air Force - History 1". Vatche Mitilian's Independent Guide To The Lebanese Air Force. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c Mitilian, Vatche. "Lebanese Air Force - History 4". Vatche Mitilian's Independent Guide To The Lebanese Air Force. 
  5. ^ "Le retour du père Fouga" (in French). Liban News Blog. June 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Air Force". Lebanese Army.