Renascent Libyan Air Force strikes smuggler camps near the border with Chad and Sudan

Dec 23 2012 - 2 Comments

According to the Libyan Herald, on Dec. 18,  Libyan airforce jets hit a camp possibly used by suspected smugglers located close to the border with Chad and Sudan, not far from Kufra.

The strike took place two days after the National Congress had passed a resolution to declare the temporary closure of the borders with Niger, Chad, Sudan and Algeria would be temporarily closed to improve security in the southern Libya.

The remote south has become a Libyan government’s concern because of illegal traffic, smuggling and mass jail breakouts.

Even if the type of aircraft used to perform the air-to-surface activity in unknown, the Free Libyan Air Force (FLAF) planes most frequently appearing in updatesposted on open Facebook groups/pages are the Mig-21 and Mig-23 bombers.

Image credit: klna.libya

Noteworthy, a slightly different kind of FLAF roundel seems to have been applied to Libyan planes as the image posted above (taken on a FB page) shows.

Compare the roundel with the one in the photo below on the Mirage F1s returning home after defecting to Malta at the beginning of the uprising.

H/T to Marguerite Dehler for the heads-up

Image credit: Brendon Attard

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  • Charles Stafrace

    Thanks for the very interesting photo of the MiG-23, and for the comment on the roundel.While the fin flash has remained consistently the same as the pre-Gaddafi period, the roundel has changed considerably. The 1969 pre-Gaddafi roundel was simply red/black/green concentric colours, with the outer colour being red.

  • Noah Rechtin

    WOW! Way to go Libyans! Taking a fleet of rotting airplanes and turning it into a fighting force in the span of only about 1 year – and after a major revolution at that. My hat is off to you.