‘Dusty’ goes to war

Evidence of UAE Air Tractors in Libya first came to light in June 2015 when AT-802U serial 2287 was photographed at an unknown Libyan air base together with local personnel. The aircraft’s national markings were obscured.
via Arnaud Delalande

In the first of a new series, Arnaud Delalande reports on the secretive Libyan war record of the Air Tractor – an adapted crop-duster.


BEGINNING IN 2014 the United Arab Emirates (together with Egypt) has covertly provided aircraft, helicopters, spare parts and technical support to the Libyan National Army (LNA), the military arm of one of two major factions vying for power in Libya. Since the launch of the LNA’s Operation Dignity in May 2014, the UAE has supported the Tobruk Government and General Khalifa Haftar, the main commander of the LNA.


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