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Monday, August 21 2006

'Made In Britain'

The Times of London reports that British-made night vision kits were found in Hezbollah bunkers. It's believed that the equipment was originally sold to Iran in 2003 to help fight drug smuggling. The Times writes:

One set of the equipment was found by Israeli forces in the southern Lebanon village of Mis-a-Jebel on August 10, in a house belonging to a 60-year-old man whose four sons are all Hezbollah fighters.

One was described as a Thermo-vision 1000 LR system with a serial number 155010, part number 193960. Other equipment, including radios also thought to be British, and sophisticated recording and monitoring devices, were found....

Lieutenant-Colonel Olivier Radowicz, an Israeli commander, said: “The night-vision unit was used to observe the movement of troops. You can also record what you are watching. Then it is connected to a computer. You can obtain a perfect intelligence picture in real time. It is then connected to firing systems.”

Did the equipment fly out of Prestwick Airport?

UPDATE Aug. 28: The Scotsman reports British authorities determined that the equipment was neither military grade, nor part of a consignment delivered to Iran in 2003.

 

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