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More than 100 servicemen of the Guards Airborne Assault Caucasian Cossack Regiment of the Novorossiysk Guards Airborne Assault Mountain Formation left the Russian Federation for the Arab Republic of Egypt to participate in the joint tactical exercise “Defenders of Friendship-2021”, which will be held in this North African country from 17 to 29 October this year.

At the Armavir airfield in the Krasnodar Territory, personnel, 6 BMD-2 airborne assault vehicles and 2 vehicles of the support unit were loaded into four Il-76md aircraft of the Military Transport Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

In total, a consolidated unit with a total strength of more than 500 servicemen will be involved in the exercise from the Airborne Forces of Russia and the parachute troops of the armed forces of the Arab Republic of Egypt: from the Russian Federation, about 100 servicemen of the Novorossiysk Airborne Forces will be involved in the exercise, from the Arab Republic of Egypt it is planned to use more 400 military personnel of the reinforced paratrooper unit, C-130 Hercules aircraft and heavy military transport helicopters Chinook of the Egyptian Air Force.

As part of the exercise, the personnel will work out interaction in the preparation and conduct of hostilities in the course of blocking and destroying illegal armed formations (IAF) in a desert area.

In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, 100% of the personnel of the Russian contingent that went to the exercise underwent a planned revaccination. On the eve of the departure, the servicemen underwent a medical examination and PCR testing.

At the preparatory stage of the exercise, the combined unit of paratroopers from Russia and Egypt will conduct joint airborne training on the territory of the military camp of the parachute formation, during which they will work out the elements of airborne personnel from aircraft and helicopters of military transport aviation of various types on parachute simulators – landing complex.

When practicing one of the tactical episodes, a practical landing of about 10 units of military equipment and more than 150 servicemen from the two countries will be carried out.

For reference:

The joint Russian-Egyptian tactical exercise “Defenders of Friendship” is being held for the fifth time this year.

For the first time, Russian and Egyptian paratroopers worked out joint tactical actions near the city of Alexandria in the Arab Republic of Egypt in 2016.

In 2017, a joint exercise was held in the Krasnodar Territory on the basis of the Novorossiysk Guards Airborne Assault Mountain Formation.

In 2018, in Egypt, participants in a joint exercise honed their skills at the paratrooper training ground near Cairo.

In 2019, for the first time, servicemen of the special operations forces of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus took part in joint exercises. The study took place at the Dubrovichi training ground of the Tula Guards Airborne Force in the Ryazan Region.

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