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Libya Upgrading Air Defenses, U.S. Says

June 13, 1986|From the Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi has upgraded his air defenses after the U.S. attack on his country, adding a second SAM-5 missile site at Benghazi on the Gulf of Sidra, but otherwise he seems unable to rejuvenate his military, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The Soviet Union so far has sent Kadafi only limited amounts of new weaponry and equipment. The Soviet emphasis, officials said, has been on improving Kadafi's anti-aircraft, radar-warning and fire-control network, not on massive shipments of missiles.

Defense officials said that the United States, the Soviet Union, Syria and Israel are studying the offense-defense tactics during the U.S. attack on Libya for keys to how bombers might survive against modern anti-aircraft missiles.

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