BEIRUT, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- A new batch of French military equipment arrived Tuesday in Lebanon as part of France's aid program to the Lebanese army, local media reported.
A statement by the French Embassy in Beirut, which was quoted by the National News Agency, said that the equipment bundle included 10 Mephisto armored vehicles, 96 long-range anti-tank HOT missiles, and two fire shooting simulation systems.
The statement said that France sent this new equipment in order to aid the Lebanese army in its fight against terrorism.
It added that the number of Mephisto armored vehicles donated by France to the Lebanese army since 2017 has reached 25.
"These armored vehicles - along with ammunition and spare parts - can launch rockets with a range of 4,000 meters day and night. Some of these mechanisms will be used mainly for the maintenance of the first batch of vehicles delivered," the French embassy said, while adding that 10 other armored vehicles will be delivered very soon.
It noted that France has donated 45 million euros (51 million U.S. dollars) worth of military aid in 2017 and 2018 to increase the capabilities of the Lebanese army, including rocket launchers, 34 explosive detection dogs in addition to training programs at the highest level.