US to Give Lebanon Military Unmanned Aircraft
US to donate unmanned military aircraft to Lebanon
BEIRUT (AFP) - The United States is to donate 12 Raven unmanned aircraft to the Lebanese army as part of its military assistance programme, the US embassy announced on Tuesday.
The aircraft would be provided "in the coming months," an embassy statement said.
Lebanese army commander General Jean Kahwaji and Defence Minister Elias Murr agreed to the donation while visiting the United States earlier this year, it added.
The US Defence Department is also training Lebanese army pilots on the Raven as "part of the comprehensive, robust US military assistance programme to Lebanon," the statement said.
The Raven has electronic sensors providing immediate intelligence information and can perform remote reconnaissance and surveillance.
US military assistance to Lebanon has totalled more than 410 million dollars (309 million euros) since 2006 and includes aircraft, tanks, artillery and training.
BEIRUT (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy says the United States will provide Lebanon will 12 unmanned military aircraft in the coming months.
Since 2006, the U.S. has provided Lebanon with more than a billion dollars in assistance, including $410 million to support security. The United States hopes a strengthened Lebanese military would spread state authority across a country buffeted by political and sectarian divisions.
An Embassy statement Tuesday said Lebanese air force members are in the United States training on the ''Raven'' aircraft which performs remote reconnaissance and surveillance.
Washington has stepped up its program to aid the Lebanese military, with a recent decision to supply battle tanks, after Russia promised in December to give Lebanon 10 MiG-29 fighter jets.