The Russian fighter helped General Haftar’s army to break GNA attacks against Sirte, while at the same time inflicting heavy losses on the Turkish proxy force in Libya.
According to Avia.Pro, the arrival of MiG-29 and Su-24 fighter jets in Libya helped General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) overturn the situation. Previously, they had suffered a series of failures in front of Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces.
According to Avia.Pro, after a painful defeat at al-Watiya and being pushed out of Tripoli, General Haftar’s army was in danger of losing the strategic city of Sirte, but fortunately smiled at LNA.
According to Western sources, the number of Russian aircraft that have just been delivered to Libya has helped the LNA crack GNA attacks on Sirte, while at the same time inflicting heavy losses on Turkish proxy forces in Libya.
Specifically, the unprecedented large-scale air campaign of the LNA Air Force lasted a week destroyed many GNA military equipment around Sirte, as well as in Tripoli. The Syrian mercenaries of Ankara have also been targeted.
The failure at Sirte also forced GNA and Turkey to agree to join a temporary ceasefire agreement between the United Nations and some countries. This will be a good opportunity for General Haftar to replenish his forces after a series of consecutive defeats.
Avia.Pro quoted sources in Libya as saying that the Russian MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 fighter-bombers played a key role in helping LNA repel GNA attacks on Sirte, as well as prevent Turkish forces extended their control to southeastern Libya.
According to Avia.Pro’s military experts, with Russian fighters, LNA can control the entire Libyan airspace, General Haftar’s army will have a great advantage in the upcoming battles, even if was overwhelmed by the enemy in terms of numbers.
In late May, the US Army’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) presented evidence that Russia has deployed at least 14 MiG-29 fighters and some Su-24 fighter-bombers to Libya for assisting private military contractors (PMCs) fighting in the ranks of the LNA. Moscow, for its part, remains silent on U.S. accusations.