Egypt, Russia start ‘Friendship Arrow 1’ drills

(VOVWORLD) - A number of military units affiliated to the Russian Air Defense Forces landed in Egypt on Saturday to participate in the ongoing joint Egyptian-Russian training drills dubbed ‘Friendship Arrow 1’.

The drills hosted by Egypt for the first time will continue until November 7. The Russian troops, as part of air defense units, will carry out combat missions at the Air Defense training ground of Egypt. The drills include offensive and defensive operations targeting vital sites to foster the combat capabilities of the two countries to boost cooperation between the Egyptian and Russian Air Defense forces, provide knowledge on the latest naval combat techniques, and hone skills of the participating forces.

Egypt is one of Russia’s leading military partners. They are implementing a preliminary deal worth 3.5 billion USD signed in 2014 for Cairo to buy arms from Moscow.  

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