The Lebanese Air Forces had already received back in 2009 its first Cessna 208 Caravan and now has two of them. This is a military version of the Cessna (ISTAR Version Built by ATK) which can be armed with Hellfire missiles. These aircrafts can help the LAF conduct effective border security missions and combat threats from extremist groups, according to US Ambassador David Hale.
Honestly speaking, I laughed when I saw the airplane and I laughed harder when I read how the US ambassador was praising the military-to-military partnership between the US and Lebanon, but then again why should the US give us anything in the first place?
Here are most of the aircraft types the Lebanese Air Force currently has:
– 3 Hawker Hunters
– 2 Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
– 4 UH-1H Hueys
– 4 SA-342 Gazelles
– 4 R-44 Ravens
– 2 SA/IAR-330 Pumas
– 2 Sikorsky S-61s
“The military-to-military partnership between the United States and Lebanon is multifaceted, to include substantial training and equipment of increasing sophistication,” US Ambassador David Hale said. “Today’s transfer of an advanced Cessna aircraft reflects that progress and builds upon previous Cessna and Huey helicopter transfers. These aircraft will help the LAF conduct effective border security missions and combat threats from extremist groups.” [Source]
Speaking of the LAF, check out this cool find by Habib of an LAF plane at an Israeli war museum. I wonder how it got there.
I have been to the museum. I’m not sure whether Lebanon ever used this plane. That plane was donated to Rhodesia by South Africa to fight Mugabe’s terrorists but it was never used in combat iirc. Then it was donated to the Israeli war museum. I don’t think it was used by the SLA though they did have a Cessna. SLA stuff is not usually portrayed.
Unlike their armor museum, which displays dozens of Soviet and older vehicles captured from Syria and Egypt, most airplanes were not actually captured. They give them the bearings of enemy planes to show what their enemies used (against them) in the past.