List of equipment of the Lebanese Armed Forces

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Lebanese Armed forces Equipment still contains significant amounts of old weaponry, but it has embarked on some major improvements recently. The M113, which is commonly found with every regiment and brigade, is considered to be the major element of the ground forces. A collection of Western and Soviet made arms and equipment exists ranging from rifles to tanks. However, the Lebanese army is still trying to rearm and modernize itself through new aids and purchases from different countries such as the United States, Belgium, Russia, and The Netherlands.

Rearming & Modernization[edit]

The LAF has been attempting to modernize and equip itself since 2005. Due to the budget limits, and instead of spawning an indigenous arms industry the LAF is relying on donation and friendly priced equipment.

The United States has been supplying the Lebanese Armed Forces with light to medium arms since 2005, in the form of a package of more than 1.2 billion USD-worth of equipment that is still being executed. Among these supplies are HMMWV, M-35/A3, Mk 19 grenade launcher, M141 Bunker Defeat Munition, TOW 2, HELLFIRE 2, AT4, and Barrett M107 .50 Cal. sniper. The US has promised to supply Lebanon with M2A2 ODS and M109A5. In addition, the US supplied Lebanon with 12 RQ-11 Raven small hand-launched UAVs, 12 M-109A3 and 183 additional M198 Howitzers from 2008 to 2016 making the totall to 219,[1] and promised to deliver all water patrol boats and more utility, and attack helicopters.

On April 20, 2015, the Lebanese army took delivery of 48 MBDA Milan short-range anti-tank missiles as part of the $3 billion package donated by Saudi Arabia.

On February 19, 2016, The army chief expressed in an interview to Al-Akhbar newspaper the status of the Military aid to Lebanon and said: There are contributions from many countries, but they remain symbolic. The US still the largest armament supplier. Later on the same day the Saudi Arabia press agency quoted on a Saudi official, that Saudi Arabia halted the $3 billion program for military supplies to Lebanon.



Brand Origin Versions Photos Notes
Browning Hi-Power[2]  Belgium Hi-Power Practical.JPG
P-64 CZAK  Poland P64.jpg Limited use

Automatic Rifles[edit]

Brand Origin Versions Photos Notes
M4 carbine[3][4]  United States SOPMOD PEO M4 Carbine RAS M68 CCO.jpg Standard-issue rifle of all intervention regiments and special forces units.
M16 rifle[5][6] A1, A4 M16a4lh6.jpg Standard-issue rifle of the Lebanese Army. All A1 variants are being replaced by newer A4 variants.
Close Quarters Battle Receiver US Navy 100714-N-4965F-174 Chief Mass Communication Specialist Paula Ludwick, assigned to Fleet Combat Camera Group Pacific, shoots at a target during a Navy Rifle Qualification Course.jpg Used by the Navy Commandos to replace the MP5.
AK-47  Soviet Union АК-47.jpg Replaced by the M16 and M4, most AK-47 rifles of the Lebanese Army are in storage and will only be used in case of emergency for reserve personnel. Lebanese Air Force soldiers still use the AK and its variants. Conventional Lebanese Navy infantry (equivalent to coastal guards) use the AKS-74U variant for close quarter missions in ships. In the Lebanese Ground Forces the AK and its variants is mainly used by the Artillery Regiments, the Armoured regiment and undercover army intelligence personnel (Mukhabarat Al Jesh).
FAMAS[2]  France FAMAS F1 with bayonet.jpg
Heckler & Koch G3  Germany HK SR9T Rifle.jpg The G3 is only used for cadet training.
SIG SG 540[2]   Switzerland SG 540 Manurhin.jpg Most were transferred to Lebanese Internal Security Forces

Sniper Rifles[edit]

Brand Origin Versions Photos
Barrett M82  United States M82A1 barrett.jpeg
M24 PEO M24 SWS.jpg
Steyr SSG 69  Austria Steyr SSG 69.jpg
QBU-88  China LR2 Rifle Type88.jpg

Machine Guns[edit]

Brand Origin Versions Photos
M249  United States PEO M249 Para ACOG.jpg
MK-46 U.S. Army Ranger, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment providing Overwatch in Iraq 2006.jpg
M240 M240L PEO M240L MG Telescoping Stock Right Side
M60 Machine Gun M60GPMG.jpeg
M2 Browning M2 Browning, Musée de l'Armée.jpg
FN MAG  Belgium MAG-latrun-exhibition-1.jpg
FN MINIMI Minimi.jpg

Other Guns[edit]

Brand Origin Type Photos
Heckler & Koch MP5  Germany Submachine Gun MP5.jpg
FN P90[7]  Belgium Personal Defense Weapon FN-P90 2.jpg
AKS-74U  Soviet Union Aks74u.jpg
Franchi SPAS-12  Italy Combat Shotgun SPAS-12 stock folded.jpg

Rocket/Grenade Launchers[edit]

Brand Origin Versions Photos
M203  United States M203 1.jpg
66 kertasinko 75.JPG
M141 Bunker Defeat Munition Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon.jpg
RPG 7  Soviet Union RPG-7 detached.jpg
AT4  Sweden AT-4Launcher.jpeg

Vehicle Mounted Artillery[edit]

Artillery Type Origin Photo
M40 Recoilless Rifle (113 units)  United States Rcl106lat2.jpg
MK 19 Grenade Launcher MK19-02.jpg

Anti-tank missile/Guided artillery shell[edit]

Artillery Type Origin Photo

Bunker buster version-BGM-71H

 United States Hires 090509-A-4842R-001a.jpg
MILAN Milan 1 & 2 versions  France MILAN-VBLB.jpg
HOT[8] HOT II version Long Range Anti-tank Weapon HOT 3 - ILA2002-clean.jpg
M712 Copperhead Laser-guided Artillery shell  United States Copperhead.jpg

Anti-aircraft weapons[edit]

Artillery Type Origin Photo
Strela-2 SAM  Soviet Union SA-7.jpg
ZU-23-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun  Soviet Union Zu-23 30 M1-3 - InnovationDay2013part1-40.jpg


Brand Origin Type Photos Notes
Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops  United States combat helmet US soldiers wearing the PASGT helmet, Hawaii.jpg Standard issue helmets for the Lebanese army being replaced by the Enhanced Combat Helmet (United States)
Modular Integrated Communications Helmet/Advanced Combat Helmet Ranger MOUT exercise.jpg Used by the Lebanese Special Operations Command and some other units
Enhanced Combat Helmet (United States) PEO Soldier Enhanced Combat Helmet profile.jpg replacing the Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops to become the Standard issue helmet of the Lebanese army
MICH 2001/Ops-Core FAST Helmet Finnish Naval Special Forces, Trident Juncture 15 (22641111371).jpg Used by the Lebanese Special Operations Command
Modèle 1978 helmet  France combat helmet Casque-F1-para-img 1027.jpg Limited use


Brand Origin Type Photos
EOTech  United States Holographic weapon sight Litepath.jpg
Aimpoint CompM4 Aimpoint PEO Aimpoint CompM4.jpg
Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight Telescopic sight PEO Trijicon M150 RCO.jpg

Night vision equipment[edit]

Brand Origin Type Photos
AN/PVS-14  United States night vision device Land Warrior PVS-14 Night Vision Device.jpg
AN/PVS-7 AN PVS-7 Cyclops.JPG
AN/PEQ-2 IR laser and illuminator AN-PEQ-2A-aiminglight.jpg
AR-2A IR laser

Unarmoured Vehicles[edit]

Model Versions Origin In Service Notes Picturess
Humvee M998/M1025/M1046/M1035  United States +1350 Hmmwv-036.jpg
Mercedes-Benz 250 GD "Wolf" ambulance  Germany 20 Bundeswehr MB Wolf.jpg
M54 5-ton 6x6 truck cargo  United States M51 Truck, Dump, 5-Ton, 6x6 (pic2).jpg
Land Rover Defender 90 cargo/transport  United Kingdom Land Rover Defender 110 patrol vehicles.jpg
M151 MUTT A2  United States in limited use TOW fired from Jeep.jpg
CUCV M1008/M1009/M1010 Ambulance/M1028/M880/M882/M883/M885/M886 Ambulance in limited use Unloading a CUCV vehicle and a trailer from a C-130H Hercules.jpg
AIL M325 Command Car cargo/transport  Israel in limited use Yad-Mordechai-Nun-Nun-1.jpg
Toyota Land Cruiser transport  Japan Toyota Land Cruiser 70 003.JPG
M35 series 2½-ton 6x6 cargo truck cargo/transport  United States M35A2 with winch.jpg
DAF YA 4440/4442 DAF YA-4440.jpg
Kamaz 4310  Russia КАМАЗ-4350.JPG
Volkswagen Transporter (T5) transport  Germany VW T5 front 20071215.jpg
Polaris Ranger 500 4×4 ATV  United States McRae Fire. Firefighters discussing strategy. Polaris Ranger ATV.jpg
Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4×4i  Japan


Model Versions Origin In Service Pictures
M60 A3  United States/Jordan 10, (4 M-60A3ttc and 6 M-60A3IFCS) / 46 TBD M60A3 of 3rd Battalion, 32nd Armor moving through Langgöns during Central Guardian '85, a phase of REFORGER '85 DF-ST-85-13331.jpg
M48 A5 86 active CM-11 Tank in Songshan Air Force Base 20110813.jpg
T-54/55  Soviet Union 133 active[citation needed] T-55 4.jpg

Armored Personnel Carrier[edit]

Model Versions Origin In Service Notes Photos
M1151  United States 109 100 more TBD M1151.jpg
M113 A2, A3, M577 2,000+ Many armed with BGM-71 TOW and ZU-23-2. US M113 in Samarra Iraq.jpg
VAB VTT(infantry transport) version  France 100 Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé, VAB 4x4, army licence registration 6923 0035 photo-1.JPG

Armored Fighting Vehicle[edit]

Model Versions Origin In Service Notes Photos
Bradley Fighting Vehicle M2A2 ODS  United States 32 M2a3-bradley07.jpg
AIFV-B-C25 16 16 ex-Belgian AIFV-B-C25 vehicles. Dutch YPR-765 in Afghanistan.jpg
VAB Mephisto ATGM version  France 35[8] equipped with HOT II missiles VAB Mephisto.JPEG


Artillery Versions Origin In Service Photos
M109-A3 155 mm  United States 12 M109A4 155 mm SP Gun, CCFB Valcartier, Quebec, 5 Sep 2011 (26).JPG
M109-A5 74 'A5 variants TBD (is it still valid?) Kings of battle keep the fire; 1-9 FA fires its last rounds 140910-A-CW513-046.jpg
M198 219 U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf War (1991) 001.jpg
M114-A1 20 USArmy M114 howitzer.jpg
M101-A1 105 mm 15 M101-105mm-howitzer-camp-pendleton-20050326.jpg
M102 10 M102 howitzer.jpg
D-30 122 mm  Soviet Union 42 Хаубица Д-30 122мм.jpg
M-1938 33 M30 howitzer nn 1.jpg
M-46 gun 130 mm 25 M-46-beyt-hatotchan-1.jpg
2A36 Giatsint-B 152 mm over 10 Verkhnyaya Pyshma Tank Museum 2012 0127.jpg
BM-21 Grad 122 mm 30 Russian BM-21 Grad in Saint Petersburg.JPG

Other Vehicle[edit]

Artillery Versions Origin In Service Photos
M88A2 Recovery Vehicle A2  United States 2 M88 Track Recovery Vehicle.jpg
M88A1 Recovery Vehicle A1 35 M88 Armored Recovery Vehicle in pm.jpg
M578 Light Recovery Vehicle 31 M558.JPG
M992 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle A2 10/28 TBD M992A2 FAASV.jpg
Oshkosh M1070 8 The newly activated 721st Transportation Company (Heavy Equipment Transporter).jpg

Logistics and Engineering Equipment[edit]

Military Simulation[edit]

  • Janus,[11][12][13] Engagement Skills Trainer 2000,[14]
  • TOW anti-tank simulators,
  • Milan anti-tank simulators
  • Huey Helicopter flight simulator

Recent Supplies[edit]

  • Lebanese Army received VAB and Hot missiles and other equipments from France on May 30-2017
  • Lebanon received 12 M109 155mm self-propelled howitzer from Jordan in March 2015 and 400 Tow 2 by June 2015.
  • Lebanon received 72 M-198 Howitzers from the United States in February 8, 2015, along with M1044 (Up-Armored HMMWV) vehicles donated by the US, as part of the aid for fighting terrorism.[15]
  • Lebanon received 120 Land Rover Defender 90 from the United Kingdom on December 10, 2013.[16]
  • Lebanon received 71 HMMWVs,M1038 Cargo/Troop Carrier,M1026 Armament Carrier w/ Basic Armor,M1044 Armament Carrier w/ Supplemental Armor, vehicles donated by the US on August 17, 2013 [17]
  • During August 2013 France has enhanced the operational capacities of the Lebanese army by providing military equipments. The gift, includes bulletproof vests, optical equipment and HOT missiles for Gazelle Helicopter[18]
  • Lebanon received 31 M1151 (Up-Armored HMMWV) vehicles donated by the US on August 17, 2012
  • Lebanon received 24 M1151 (Up-Armored HMMWV) vehicles donated by the US on July 22, 2011
  • Lebanon received 106 vehicles donated by the UN in Lebanon on the Thirteenth of May 2011
  • Lebanon received 30 M-198 Howitzers in January, 2010.[19] This follows an earlier supply of 41 Howitzers in 2008, and 36 Howitzers operated by the LAF since the 80's.
  • Lebanon received 16 AIFVs and 12 M-113 Ambulances early December 2009, these were purchased from Belgium.[20]
  • On May 22, Lebanon officially announced the delivery of the first 10 M60/A3, one M88, and several other items during a ceremony at Beirut International Airport.
  • On March 23, 2009 the LAF took delivery of 40 HMMWVs, and 9 sport utility vehicles from the USA.[21]
  • On March 20, 2009, the LAF purchased 6 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4×4i.[22]
  • On December 28, 2008 the USA delivered 72 HMMWVs were recently delivered, Twelve of these vehicles are ambulances.[23]
  • During 2008, the US supplied Lebanon with 200 M35A3 and 41 M198 Howitzers.[24]
  • As of March 2008, The Netherlands has donated 100 DAF trucks to the Lebanese Army.[25]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Christopher J. Castelli (September 2008). "Department of Defense to equip Lebanon's Special Forces with Small Arms, Vehicles" (PDF). DISAM Journal. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  4. ^ Daniel Watters. "The 5.56 X 45mm: 2008". The Gun Zone. Archived from the original on 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  5. ^ "Report: Profiling the Small Arms Industry – World Policy Institute – Research Project". World Policy Institute. November 2000. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
  6. ^ McNab, Chris (2002). 20th Century Military Uniforms (2nd ed.). Kent: Grange Books. ISBN 1-84013-476-3.
  7. ^ Thomas Smith Jr., W. (October 10, 2007). "Black-Masked Commandos Training By The Sea". National Review. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
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  10. ^ "كاسحة الألغام "Armtrac" في تجربة تدليلية". April 2006.
  11. ^ افتتاح المشبّه التكتي. Lebanese Army Magazine (in Arabic). August 2006.
  12. ^ خبراء فرنسيون زاروا كلية فؤاد شهاب في مهمة حول المشبه التكتي. Lebanese Army Magazine (in Arabic). August 2006.
  13. ^ المشبّه التكتي. Lebanese Army Magazine (in Arabic). October 2005.
  14. ^ "Cubic to Provide Small-Arms Trainers to New International Customers". Newsroom. Cubic Corporation. October 1, 2009. Archived from the original on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
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  17. ^ "More New Comers to the LAF". milinme.wordpress. August 17, 2013.
  18. ^ "La France donne des équipements à l'armée libanaise - cérémonie à la base aérienne de Beyrouth". Ambassade de France à Beyrouth. August 13, 2013.
  19. ^ "تسلّم مدافع وأعتدة وذخائر مختلفة". Lebanese Army News. Lebanese Army. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  20. ^ "De Crem confirms the delivery of ex-Belgian AIFVs and M-113 Ambulances" (in Dutch and English). Belgian House of Representatives. January 6, 2010.
  21. ^ "U.S. Government Provides Tactical Vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces". Press releases 2009. Embassy of the United States - Lebanon. March 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  22. ^ "Lebanese Army purchases Kawasaki ATVs from RYMCO". Rymco. March 20, 2009. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  23. ^ "U.S. Government Provides Humvees to the Lebanese Armed Forces". Press Releases 2009. Embassy of the United States - Beirut, Lebanon. January 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  24. ^ Garamone, Jim (December 1, 2008). "U.S. Forces Help Lebanese Military Assert Control". American Forces Press Service - DefenseLink News. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  25. ^ حفل تسلّم آليات عسكرية تقدمة من دولة هولندا (in Arabic). Lebanese Armed Forces. May 2008.