Russia to hold military drills in Egypt this month

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Mohammed Abdel Moatey/MENA via AP)

 

“The joint Russian-Egyptian drills will happen in mid-October 2016 on the territory of Egypt,” it said, without specifying their start date.

The drills, called “Protectors of Friendship-2016”, will include 500 troops, 15 planes and helicopters and 10 military hardware units, the ministry said, describing the exercises as “anti-terrorist”.

“The airborne delivery by parachute of several Russian airborne troops’ сombat vehicles to the desert climate of Egypt will occur for the first time in history,” the ministry said.

Last year Russia and Egypt held their first-ever joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean, which included the Black Sea fleet’s flagship Moskva missile cruiser.

Full article: Russia to hold military drills in Egypt this month (The Times of Israel)

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