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Lebanon - Air Force Equipment

Aircraft Source Inventory
1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2013 2015 2020 2025 2030
Personnel (In Thousands) 0.8 0.8 1.7 1 1 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Active 0.8 0.8 1.7 1 1 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Reserve -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Attack - - - - 1 1 3 14 14 14
AT-29 Super Tucano BR - - - - - - - 6 6 6
Hawk UK/UAE -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 10 10 10
AC-208B Combat Caravan US -- -- -- -- 1 1 3 4 4 4
Fighter 2 2 - - 3 3 3 3 3 3
4th Generation .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Mig-29 Fulcrum RU -- -- -- -- 10 10 10 10 10 10
2nd Generation 2 2 .. .. 3 3 3 3 3 3
Hunter FGA.70/A1 UK 2 2 -- -- 3 3 3 3 3 3
Hunter FGA.70/A1 UK 3 3 5 5 2 2 2 2 2 2
Transport 1 1 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Light 1 1 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Aero 690A Commander US 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DH.104 Dove UK 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
TRAINING 7 7 .. .. 4 4 7 7 7 7
Jet - Advanced 1 1 .. .. 1 1 1 1 1 1
Hunter T.66C1 UK 1 1 -- -- 1 1 1 1 1 1
Hunter T.66C1 UK -- -- 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Jet - Intermediate 3 3 .. .. .. .. 3 3 3 3
MB-339 IT -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 3 3 3
CM-1702 Magister FR 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
CM-1702 Magister FR 2 2 5 5 -- -- -- -- -- --
Piston 3 3 .. .. 3 3 3 3 3 3
Bulldog 1262 UK 3 3 -- -- 3 3 3 3 3 3
Bulldog 1262 UK -- -- 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- --

Helicopter

GTOW 19 35 21 31 38 44 44 54? 54? 54?
Attack 4 4 2 2 8 8 8 18? 18? 18?
Mi-35 Hind RU -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 10? 10? 10?
SA-3423 Gazelle FR/UAE 4 4 2 2 8 8 8 8 8 8
SA-3423 Gazelle FR/UAE 1 1 3 3 5 5 5 5 5 5
Transport - Intermediate 10-ton .. .. .. .. 3 3 3 3 3 3
S-61N4 US -- -- -- -- 3 3 3 3 3 3
Transport - Medium 5-ton 10 26 19 27 22 28 28 28 28 28
SA-3305 Puma FR/UAE 6 6 3 3 10 10 10 10 10 10
SA-3305 Puma FR/UAE -- -- 2 2 5 5 5 5 5 5
AB-2126 Twin Huey IT 4 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
AB-2126 Twin Huey IT 3 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Huey II US -- -- -- -- -- 6 6 6 6 6
UH-1H7 Iroquois US -- 16 16 24 12 12 12 12 12 12
UH-1H7 Iroquois US -- -- -- -- 11 11 11 11 11 11
Light / Utility 5 5 .. 2 5 5 5 5 5 5
AW-139 IT -- -- -- -- 1 1 1 1 1 1
SA-316B8 Alouette III FR 3 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
SA-316B8 Alouette III FR 2 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
SA-3188 Alouette II FR 2 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
SA-3188 Alouette II FR -- -- 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
R-44 Raven II US -- -- -- 2 4 4 4 4 4 4

Notes

    * - Grayed entries indicate airframes in storage. Category totals are for active aircraft only.

    1 - Only 3 of Lebanon's Hawker Hunter types were serviceable by 2000. By 2005, the remaining airframes, including 3 unserviceable aircraft, had been placed in storage. After the the 105-day armed conflict from May to September 2007 in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp, the need for combat aircraft was recognized. The decade long retired Hawker Hunter jets were put into maintenance to serve as an immediate solution, with 3 FGA.70 and 1 T.66C made airworthy by late 2008.

    2 - Training aircraft were put in storage after 1995. By late 2008, the Model 126 Bulldogs had been overhauled and returned to service.

    3 - In 2007, Lebanon received 8 SA-342 helicopters from the UAE. At the same time, another 5 airframes that had been put storage were said to be capable of being refurbished.

    4 - Operated by the Lebanese Air Force, but used for fire fighting purposes.

    5 - In 2010, Lebanon received 10 SA-300 helicopters from the UAE. At the same time, another 5 airframes that had been put storage were said to be capable of being refurbished.

    6 - By 2000, all were said to be unserviceable airframes in storage. As of 2013, 6 were said to be capable of being refurbished.

    7 - By 2000, all remaining Alouette II and III airframes were said to be in storage. By 2013, 3 of the SA-316s and the SA-318 were said to be capable of being refurbished.

    8 - By 2010, 11 unserviceable airframes said to be in storage.




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