Egypt / Russia : the two nations hold strategic joint military exercises

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt seek to cultivate closer direct ties to Russia and the Russian military as a partial hedge against the dependence of Egypt’s military on American aid, equipment and maintenance. Photo : RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Russian and Egyptian paratroopers conducted joint building breach and clear exercises near Cairo on Monday as part of the ‘Defenders of Friendship 2018’ drills.

The joint drills include more than 400 paratroopers and 15 helicopters and other aircraft from Russia and Egypt, along with Russian BMD-2 and BTR-D armoured vehicles.

The joint drills aim at exchanging training experiences as regards counter-terrorism tactics, freeing hostages and storming facilities based on the latest modern training systems.

The training comes as part of the cooperation between the Russian and Egyptian armed forces.

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