Military Capabilities

France says it owns Javelins found in Libya

11 July 2019

The Javelin anti-tank missiles found in Libya belong to France, the French Ministry of Armed Forces confirmed in a statement posted on its website on 11 July.

“The weapons were intended for the self-protection of a French detachment deployed for counter-terrorism intelligence purposes,” it said. “Damaged and out of order, these munitions were temporarily stored in a depot for destruction. They were not transferred to local forces.”

The missiles were found along with Chinese-made GP6 laser-guided artillery projectiles when forces aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA) captured the town of Gharyan, south of Tripoli, from the Libyan National Army (LNA) faction that is attempting to take control of the capital and oust the GNA.

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