Since gaining independence in 1943, Lebanon has been beset with instability, as well as religious and ethnic tensions. A civil war between 1975 and 1990 left over 100,000 dead, and the country destabilized. In 1982, Israel invaded southern Lebanon in an effort to remove the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), which had also established a base of operations inside the country.  Syria’s occupation of Lebanon (1976-2005), as well as the presence in the country of Iran’s proxy Hezbollah, has further inhibited true independence. The Syrian occupation ended following mass popular demonstrations, after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, likely at the hands of Syria and Hezbollah. In 2006, after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid, Israel attacked Lebanon, prompting the second Lebanon War. Lebanon remains unstable due to the pervasive influences of Syria and Hezbollah, the latter of which controls the Lebanese government, southern Lebanon and maintains a border dispute with Israel. Hezbollah is fighting alongside the Assad regime in Syria, which has prompted reprisals in Lebanon by Syrian opposition forces.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • Military EXHD
    2.5% of GDP
  • GDP
    $41.35 Billion

Lebanon receives first Bradleys

The United States handed over the first eight of 32 Bradley M2A2 infantry fighting vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on 14 August, in a ceremony held at Beirut’s port. Speaking during the ceremony, US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said the Bradleys represented an investment of more than USD100 million that will “provide the Lebanese […]

Colt Defense Awarded $7 Million to Provide M4 Rifles to Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon, Others

Colt Defense LLC, West Hartford, Connecticut, was awarded a $7,453,690 modification (0005) to foreign military sales (Georgia, Lebanon, Iraq, Slovakia, Pakistan and Bahrain) contract W56HZV-15-D-0038 for 8,730 M4/M4A1 rifles. Work will be performed in West Hartford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $7,453,690 […]

Lebanese President Michael Aoun Reaches Out to Saudi Arabia in Search of Aid

Lebanon’s new Hezbollah-supported president is courting Saudi Arabia in an effort to restore billions in military aid, a delicate task as his country grows closer to Iran, the kingdom’s main rival for Middle East power. Michel Aoun’s country has for years been a political battleground in the regional struggle between Iran, the backer of the […]

French Foreign Minister Says Conditions Favorable to Supply Weapons to Lebanese Army

Conditions to implement a multi-billion dollar contract to supply Saudi-financed French weapons to Lebanon are now favorable after the formation of a new government in Beirut, France’s foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Thursday. Speaking in the Lebanese capital after meeting President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, Ayrault said it was also more […]

Lebanon Receives Third Hellfire-Capable Cessna

The United States formally handed over a third Cessna 208B Caravan turboprop aircraft (L-403) on 19 December that can launch AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missiles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). “This Cessna that we see here today will be equipped with Hellfire missiles and a day-time/night-time targeting system,” US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said during the […]

BAE Systems Awarded $618 Million to Provide APKWS Guided Rockets to the U.S. Military, Iraq, Lebanon, Others

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Hudson, New Hampshire, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $618,343,700 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II full-rate production Lots 5 through 7 in support of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, and governments of Iraq, Lebanon, Netherlands, Jordan, and Australia […]

Hezbollah’s Strategy in Syria Won’t Help Against Israel

Over the last three years of the Syrian Civil War, Hezbollah has increasingly operated as a regular army rather than in its traditional, decades-long role as a guerrilla force. The Shiite group has operated Syrian tanks and artillery, jeeps with recoilless rifles, and is even rumored to have acquired its own 75-tank armored brigade. As […]

French Deployments in the Middle East and North Africa

France is conducting multiple operations against Islamist militant groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This map displays the largest French deployments underway in the region. View the full map here. Sahel As part of Operation Barkhane, the French have 3,000 troops deployed across the Sahel region. Their mission is assist the countries of Mauritania, Mali, […]

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 40 (0)

Aircraft 73 (41)

Artillery 510 (70)

Ground Vehicles 2,816 (114)

Guided Munitions 1,848* (2,500*)

Personnel 76,400 (0)

Ships 22 (0)