Russian paratroopers depart to Egypt for first joint military drills in Africa

Source: RT

Russian Airborne units have been sent to Egypt to take part in joint military drills, the first such bilateral exercise in Africa. Armored personnel vehicles and quadbikes are among the hardware being taken by the Russian side.

“International [military] exercises of the Russian and Egyptian Airborne forces on the African continent are being conducted for the first time,” the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

The drill, codenamed “Defenders of Friendship 2016” is starting today and will last until October 26, aiming to practice joint anti-terrorist actions. Representatives of 30 countries will monitor the wargames.

“The Russian-Egyptian exercises involving units of airborne troops of the Russian Federation and the airborne troops of the Arab Republic of Egypt will develop common approaches to locate and destroy illegal armed groups in a desert environment,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

 

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