The U.S. government has offered $120 million in military aid to help increase Lebanon’s capacity to perform counterterrorism and border security efforts.
Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of theÂ U.S. Central Command, unveiled three programs of assistanceÂ the Defense Department will provide to Lebanese armed forces as part of DoD’sÂ Building Partner Capacity initiative during his visit to the country, the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon said Wednesday.
The embassy said LAF will receiveÂ six newÂ MD 530GÂ light attack helicopters along with related equipment and training services worth approximately $94 million.
DoD will also donate six Scan Eagle unmanned aircraft systems and associated equipment and training support worth more than $11 million to support LAF’s command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
The department will also grant more than $16 million inÂ communications equipment, electronics, night vision devices and training services to help increase LAF’s close air andÂ joint fire support capacities.