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Egypt, Russia Conclude Military Drill to Repel ‘Hostile Air Attacks’

Egypt, Russia Conclude Military Drill to Repel ‘Hostile Air Attacks’

Monday, 11 November, 2019 - 10:45
Forces participating in Egyptian-Russian military drill
Cairo - Asharq Al-Awsat
The Egyptian and Russian air defense forces concluded on Sunday a joint military drill dubbed “Arrow of Friendship 1.”

The drill was conducted for the first time in Egypt.

Egyptian army spokesman Colonel Tamer al-Rifai said that the forces demonstrated on Sunday the drills carried out in the early stages of the training.

In a statement on Sunday, Rifai said Egyptian and Russian forces simulated ways to successfully counter an air attack.

Different weapons were used in the simulation, including anti-aircraft artillery, which were able to hit targets with precision and efficiency, showing high combat readiness, Rifai stated.

According to the statement, the drill came in line with joint cooperation between the Egyptian and Russian armed forces, reflecting the depth of partnership and strategic cooperation between the two friendly countries in many fields.

Russia's Air Defense Force Chief Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov attended the drill and watched its final stages.

He praised the coordination between members of the two teams and the preparations that preceded the drill.

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