Military Space News  





. Libya And France Sign 168-Million-Euro Arms Deal

MILAN (Missile d'Infanterie Leger Antichar) is a portable medium range, 2km class, anti-tank weapon.
by Afaf Geblawi
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 02, 2007
Libya signed a contract with France on Thursday to buy Milan anti-tank missiles worth 168 million euros (230 million dollars), in the first such deal a European embargo was lifted, a Libyan official said. The contract was signed with European missile manufacturer MBDA, the world's number one maker of guided weapons systems, the official told AFP. MBDA is jointly owned by BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica.

It was the first arms agreement with a European country since the lifting in 2004 of a European embargo on weapons sales to Libya, the source added.

Libya also signed a contract with EADS for a Tetra radio communications system in a separate deal worth 128 million euros (175 million dollars), another official said under cover of anonymity.

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son, Saif ul-Islam, told Le Monde newspaper in comments published on Wednesday that Tripoli's release of six foreign medics last week had paved the way for the signing of major arms deals with France.

Seif al-Islam said at the time that Libya was looking to purchase Milan missiles as part of a wide-ranging defence deal.

But French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who travelled to Tripoli a day after the medics' release, denied any quid pro quo for the release of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted in an AIDS case.

During his visit, France and Libya signed a memorandum pledging to cooperate on nuclear energy projects including for water desalination, as well as a military agreement whose contents were not made public.

The French presidency said no arms contracts were signed.

Apart from contracts with France, a deal with Britain that could see a Libyan convicted for the Lockerbie plane bombing extradited home was also key to the release of the medics, according to Seif al-Islam.

Former Libyan secret agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, who was jailed for the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland won the right to a new appeal in June after a court ruled he may have been wrongly convicted.

The Libyan leader's son told Le Monde that he hoped Megrahi would soon be sent back to Libya.

"We will soon have an extradition agreement with Britain," he said, referring to a memorandum of understanding on an extradition deal signed with Libya during a visit by Prime Minister Tony Blair in May.

Britain's Foreign Office immediately denied any link.

"There is no link between Mr. Megrahi and the release of the Bulgarian and Palestinian medics," a spokesman told AFP, adding that there is no extradition agreement between Britain and the north African country.

The spokesman noted that Blair "signed a memorandum of understanding with the Libyan government on looking and exploring further judicial cooperation."

On the French link, Seif al-Islam said: "With the French, we have been in negotiations for a long time. We asked Sarkozy to accelerate things. Now that the nurses' case is settled, a golden opportunity has arisen."

Source: Agence France-Presse

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
The Military Industrial Complex at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Washington Seeking To Calm Mideast With Arms Sales
Brussels (AFP) July 30, 2007
US plans to extend huge military aid deals to Middle East and Gulf states is a high-risk attempt to give Saudi Arabia and others the muscle to calm the region's problems, military experts said Monday. "The failure of the American project for a democratic greater Middle East, confounded in the battle for Iraq, has forced Washington to try to salvage the situation by distributing military aid all over the place," said Joseph Henrotin, editor-in-chief of the French Defence and International Security periodical.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • USS Enterprise Arrives In Gulf
  • Proposed US Resolution Expresses Concern Over Moscow CFE Withdrawal
  • The Cultural Power Japan In The 21st Century
  • Shanghai Pact Plans

  • Pakistan Says US-India Nuke Deal Risks Arms Race
  • The Benefits Of Talking To Iran
  • UN Nuclear Inspectors Say North Korea Is Cooperating
  • Russia Eyes Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty As Next Pullout

  • US Pays Czechs To Destroy Cold War Missiles
  • Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile
  • Lockheed Martin Tests Guidance Upgrade And Improved Software For ATACMS Block IA Unitary
  • Lockheed Martin Conducts PAC-3 Missile Test At White Sands Missile Range

  • Russia Says US Cannot Have Both Gabala And Czech Radar Stations
  • Radars Without Missiles
  • Russia To Deploy S-400 Air Defense Systems Around Moscow
  • GEO-1 Payload Readied For Delivery For Start Of Integration With Spacecraft

  • Boeing Flies Blended Wing Body Research Aircraft
  • Steering Aircraft Clear Of Choppy Air
  • EAA AirVenture 2007
  • Sensors May Monitor Aircraft For Defects Continuously

  • Boeing Awarded US Marine Corps Contract To Extend Scaneagle Services
  • Flying Robots Of Destruction
  • Predators Stop Insurgents
  • Army Signs Contract With Aurora For Continued Orion HALL Development

  • The Loss Of Will On Iraq
  • Benchmarks In Iraq Are A Necessary Service
  • China Takes Aim At US Over Claims Chinese Missiles Are In Iraq
  • Iraq Envoy Slams US Over Arms Supplies

  • Lockheed Martin Awarded Additional Five Billion Dollar Order For 60 F-22 Raptors
  • BAT System Helps Catch Bad Guys
  • Gulf War Illness Still Incurable
  • Raytheon Awarded Contract For US Navy Mine Hunting Sonar

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement