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Video: Gadhafi’s Abandoned Tanks

Happy weekend everyone. In case you missed this last week, check out the video below of Libyan rebels roaming through a bombed out building containing dozens of what appear to be Soviet-made T-54/55 type main battle tanks at Gadhifi’s former Mitiga air base just outside Tripoli. This clip may well show how effective NATO airstrikes where at keeping a good amount of Gadhafi’s heavy out of the fight.

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Ben August 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Ahh, what complete air superiority can do ;)

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jamesb August 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

That was the EASY part……

NOW WHAT???

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MCQknight August 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Most of those tanks look to be still relatively intact. This video not only demonstrates the total dominance of NATO air superiority but also the fact that Gadaffi had very few trained personell to either maintain or operate these tanks.

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JimS August 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Guys crawling on them shouting "Allah Akbar!" doesnt exactly give me warm fuzzies.

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Pedro August 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

That's nothing … Our Egyptian friends have A THOUSAND Abrams Main Battle Tanks PLUS 1500 M60s (1981 vintage).

Lets speculate on who's lawn they're planning to park those 2500 ATVs?

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Steven R. August 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Poor israel… at least the Abrams we gave the egyptians doesn't have depleted uranium and do they have they 105mm gun or the 120mm?

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Steve Bailey August 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm

And they still need a competent crew as well as good leadership, which the Israelis have always been better at.

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TLAM Strike August 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm

They have the M1A1 with the 120mm main gun.

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E_Khun August 29, 2011 at 4:23 am

They have the tanks, but they're on a strict ration for spare parts.

And otherwise they would have gotten their 2500 ATV's from the Soviet Union. This at least made an uneasy peace for about 3 decades.

And you can bet there was a part of that deal that made sure that Israel held parity. Does anyone know about Egyptian air defenses?

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Jay August 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

Egyptian AD did very well in 1973 using Soviet missiles and radars, now they use US made missiles and radars, so they have a lot of capability. They have also learned from their failures in 67.
The Israelis have worked hard on electronic countermeasures and jamming since 1973 of course, and put them to use over Syria in 2007.

Egypt is flying F16s and Apaches as well. Things are shaping up in Sinai for the first war with both sides using F16s.

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Mastro August 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

Why do you think a war will occur? Sure- the Egyptian man on the street likes to talk tough about Israel- but they know a war is no good for anyone.

They have all their land back (cause of 1973 war)- they have no reason to fight.

They are NOT doing to war over the Gaza strip- remember they are as hard on Hamas as Israel.

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Jay August 30, 2011 at 9:42 am

The Egyptians have opened the border making it easier for Hamas to smuggle materiel in and men out.
The terrorists who entered Israel last week came out of Gaza and through Sinai. They were wearing Egyptian army uniforms, stolen or from a sympathizer, and entered Israel near an Egyptian army position.
When the Israelis pursued the terrorists over the border Egyptian troops fired at the Israelis.

The current Egyptian army leadership is very close to the US military, as we have trained and supplied them for decades. However, if the Muslim Brotherhood gains power in the next election they may replace the old guard with their own people (as is going on in Turkey).

If you think the Muslim Brotherhood knows a war is no good you give them took much credit. It's not about land, they are Islamist fundamentalists and religion is their motive.

Jay August 31, 2011 at 8:23 am

The Egyptians have opened the border making it easier for Hamas to smuggle materiel in and men out.
The terrorists who entered Israel last week came out of Gaza and through Sinai. They were wearing Egyptian army uniforms, stolen or from a sympathizer, and entered Israel near an Egyptian army position.
When the Israelis pursued the terrorists over the border Egyptian troops fired at the Israelis.

The current Egyptian army leadership is very close to the US military, as we have trained and supplied them for decades. However, if the Muslim Brotherhood gains power in the next election they may replace the old guard with their own people (as is going on in Turkey).

blight August 30, 2011 at 7:27 am

Ration? I thought they were making them in Egypt, unless they are assembling them from parts imported from Lima to ensure they don't develop independent tank production.

There's always upgrading your old M60s if you have issues with M1 production…

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ChuckyTee August 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

@Steven, poor Israel,,, really?

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Steven R. August 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I like Israel, therefore i don't like any enemy of them. Lately events in egypt have sparked a new government which is not like the one they have had in the past that does whatever we want them to do. Meaning that Egypt might become Israel's newest enemy, along with most of the middle east. I hate to see another new enemy for them, its hard enough for them to get a day of peace as it is.
Also I do understand that Israel has one of the best militaries in the world without a doubt, but any day they don't have to fight is a good one.
By the way I responded to Pedro who said: That's nothing … Our Egyptian friends have A THOUSAND Abrams Main Battle Tanks PLUS 1500 M60s (1981 vintage).

Lets speculate on who's lawn they're planning to park those 2500 ATVs?"

Because i think egypt would love to destroy Israel like they attempted to back in 70's.

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Joe Schmoe August 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Isn't it wonderful to have peace partners like these?
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=2…

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marvel August 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I think you are underestimating the new Egyptian government's desire for stability.

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Musson August 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

Yes. But, if things go badly for the new government, they may initiate limited hostilities with Israel to get the people on their side.

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Jay August 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

They deploy F16s and Apaches as well.

The vital difference since 1973 is that back then their generals were trained by Soviet advisors, now their officers come to the US and we train them. The new Egyptian army is very capable.

Since the Army knows if they attack outright they will lose US aid, they are not going to do anything stupid. If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over Egypt however all bets are off.

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Brian Black August 29, 2011 at 2:42 am

Hopefully the new Libyan tyrants will go on a shopping spree to replace the hardware destroyed by NATO. Britain needs the business, and at the very least we’ll be down-sizing our Challenger2 fleet. Could take a few second hand before committing to a larger order.

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Brian Black August 29, 2011 at 2:59 am

You may consider those Egyptian Abrams to be a threat to Israel now, but it was essential for peace in the region for the US to provide them.

With the US giving billions of dollars of military aid to Israel over the years, it was necessary to create an effective counter to the potential threat of Israeli aggression, as perceived by Israel’s Arab neighbours.

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Mastro August 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

People like to bad mouth American diplomacy/strategic thinking- but the peace between Egypt/Israel has been a huge success.

To bad that Egypt took this long to create a democracy- but the US couldn't force one on them.

American-haters like to have it both ways- if we work with a dictator- we have blood on our hands- if we throw one out- we have blood on our hands…

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BOCAT9 August 29, 2011 at 5:23 am

That’s a T-72, not a T-54/55.

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Melcyna August 31, 2011 at 2:55 am

the picture is indeed a T-72, but the video showcase seems to be T-54/55

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BOCAT9 August 29, 2011 at 5:26 am

Sorry, I thought the narrative refered to the picture. My bad.

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George August 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Libya has about a thousand T-55s mothballed before the fight. It takes some time to have them back to an operational condition (and a lot of spare parts, maintenance personnel, etc) even w/o the fear of being blown to bits

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Nenad August 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Still think that dictators are far better than this insane Islamist. Ok Gaddafi in past was linked with terror, but that was some time ago, and he had surrender his WMD's so no major need for attack. And Egypt regime was ok with America and Israel no need for replacement with Islamic brotherhood. But this "democrats" cuts people heads while shouting Allah Akbar, they look just like Al Qaeda and claim they will not surrender their terrorist to the West. Plus they got tons of Gaddafi arms, bad days coming for Europe and Israel.

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Lance August 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Wow Al Qaeda now has a armored division they can divvy them up with Islamic Brotherhood fighter when the rebels turn on each other in a few months. Like Afghanistan all that military equipment now will be divided up and used against each other.

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blight August 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

Having tanks doesn't make an armored division out of nothing, and why would Al Qaeda want them?

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Lance August 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Easy to build there Islamic State in Libya and they would want them to give them a advantage over there rival Islamic groups fighting for control of the nation.

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OMEGATALON August 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Gaddafi spent hundreds of billions of dollars in military hardware from tanks to SCUDs while his people starved, but when the people of Libya decided to revolt, it was the rebels who achieve victory because Gaddafi didn't have the leadership skills or strategy to know what to do with the equipment he had.

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rick james August 30, 2011 at 6:05 am

none of the rebels looked like they were starving…. as a matter of fact some of them looked pretty fat. gaddafi starved them from education, jobs, and national pride. not food.

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Nenad August 30, 2011 at 6:56 am

Nope, Libya had lots of money due to oil and lots of it was spent for buying "social peace" free edu, , medical, cheep food and so on. Also there was just 50 modern tanks, other were old and their air force mainly consist of Mig-21' Mig-23 and such old planes, the AA system fall apart the first night of war, yes they had tons of man-pads Sa-7 and such, but almost none of long range system. And main issue is that rebels have links with Al Qaeda and such groups, they seems to already sells weapons to Palestinian terrorist, so greater problem than dictator himself.

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Roland August 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

Maybe its a good idea to buy some of the Gaddafi's abandon Russian made arsenal.

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blight August 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

…why?

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Melcyna August 31, 2011 at 2:53 am

whatever is purchased by someone we know or can track, is one more thing they can’t sell to some islamist extremist group where we can’t keep tabs on.

much preferable to have them purchased by some country we have relations with or what not basically rather than having it fall into the ‘black hole’ and vanish from our surveillance only to show up in the hands of any number of extreme militant or terrorist group in the region.

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