Report Reveals Turkey Sending Israeli-Made Drones to Support the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya – Al Marsad

A report published by the leading Israeli newspaper, Jerusalem Post, confirmed today that the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) received from Turkey three Orbiter-3 Israeli-made tactical drones, two of which were shot down by the Air Force of the Libyan National Army (LNA) on 29 July in the Sa’adiya area and at al-‘Aziziya in Warshefana.

[Libya, 7 August 2019] – In an article published today in the widely respected Jerusalem Post, the article titled “Israeli-Made Drones Shot Down in Libya; How Did They Get There?” by Anna Ahronheim said that “The system is operated by customers all over the world, who sign an agreement not to sell the UAV to a third party.” Turkey contravened the agreement therefore by supplying them to the Tripoli-based GNA.

Two of the Israeli-made drones were shot down by the Air Force of the Libyan National Army (LNA) on 29 July in the Sa’adiya area and another at al-‘Aziziya in Warshefana.

The three Israeli-manufactured drones were gifted by Turkey to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) for use against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tripoli. The Turkish government had obtained the three drones from Tel Aviv as part of military cooperation agreements between the two countries.

According to the Jerusalem Post the “system is operated by customers all over the world, who sign an agreement not to sell the UAV to a third party.” The drones were manufactured by Aeronautics, “which had it’s export license reinstated in February after a two-year suspension.” Aeronautics denied knowing anything about the incident in Libya.”

The Turkish government, by gifting the three drones to the tripoli-based Muslim Brotherhood aligned GNA, contravened the stipulations of the agreement between the Israeli and Turkish military.

Image of the Orbiter-3 drone recovered in Libya

According to the article the tactical Orbiter-3 UAV is a compact, light-weight system for use by military and internal security officials with an operating range of up to 150 km, and “can stay up to seven hours in flight on intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.”

The Israeli-made Orbiter 3 drone.

The Orbiter-3 has both day and night vision capabilities and carries a three-sensor electro-optical camera with enhanced tactical capabilities. 

Photo of the Orbiter-3 drone shot down in al-‘Aziziya.

According to the article, the “fully autonomous, highly transportable system can be assembled within a few minutes, is launched using a catapult and lands with the help of a parachute and airbag.” This particular capability was seen when the drone that was struck in al-‘Aziziya in Wershafana, where the drone used the parachute in landing.

Photo of the Orbiter-3 that was struck in al-‘Aziziya in Wershafana, where the drone used a parachute in landing.

The article further explains that the drone is “adapted to both ground and marine environments and can carry payloads up to 5 kg. in weight, including multi-sensor stabilized electro-optic payloads carrying laser target-designation systems.”

A photo of Orbiter-3 shoot down in Libyan territory by the Libyan National Army.

The aircraft is operated by various customers around the world who have signed an agreement not to sell the UVA to any third-party. Aeronautics denied, however, any knowledge of its drones being used by a Turkish team in Tripoli assisting the Muslim Brotherhood-aligned Government of National Accord (GNA), which is in complete breach of agreement forbidding use by third parties. Aeronautic’s faced a two-year suspension and its export licence was only reinstated in February 2019. Aeronautic’s Orbiter-1k UVA was used, along its team, to assist Azerbaijan to strike an Armenian military position, thereby in violation of Israeli law.

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