U.S. DELIVERS LAST FOUR A-29 AIRCRAFT TO LEBANON
The United States has delivered the last four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the Lebanese army, the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, said, Wednesday.
The delivery took place during a ceremony on Tuesday, at Hamat Air Base, in Lebanon’s northern city of Batroun, in the presence of Lebanese army chief, Joseph Aoun and U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Elizabeth Richard.
In his speech, Aoun hailed the four new aircraft as a bolster to Lebanese army’s combat capability.
The delivery “endorses the U.S. constant support for the Lebanese army, in the fight against terrorism,” as well as, its “commitment and eagerness to preserve the stability of Lebanon,” he said.
For her part, Richard described the delivery as “a game-changing acquisition, that takes the Lebanese Armed Forces to the next level of combat capability.”
The A-29 will allow the Lebanese army to conduct combined arms manoeuvres, in all conditions and greatly reduce the risk of collateral damage and the danger to civilians, she said.
The four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft are the last of the six the U.S. has delivered, in its latest military aid package to Lebanon. The first two were delivered in Oct, 2017.
Source: NAM News Network