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At the military base of the paratrooper troops of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the suburb of Cairo, the city of Inshas, ​​the opening ceremony of the fifth joint Russian-Egyptian exercise of the Russian Airborne Forces and the Egyptian paratroopers “Defenders of Friendship – 2021” took place.

More than 100 servicemen of the Guards Airborne Assault Caucasian Cossack Regiment of the Novorossiysk Guards Airborne Assault Mountain Formation, having overcome more than 3 thousand kilometers, arrived at the military base of the airborne troops of the Egyptian armed forces, where from tomorrow they will begin to coordinate the combined paratrooper unit.

The opening ceremony of the joint exercise began with the raising of flags and the performance of the anthems of the two countries.

Addressing the participants in the joint exercise, the commander of the paratroopers of the armed forces of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Divisional General Atyf Ibrahim Mady, said: “I am glad to cordially greet the participants of the fifth joint Russian-Egyptian exercise Defenders of Friendship-2021. Cooperation between Russia and Egypt is more than 50 years old and it continues to develop productively. Today’s teaching would have been impossible without shared history and many years of friendship. I wish all the servicemen of Russia and Egypt taking part in the maneuvers success and good luck in solving combat missions. ”

In response, the deputy chief of staff of the Russian Airborne Forces, Major General Alexei Naumets, said: “Comrades officers, warrant officers, sergeants and soldiers! Today, for the fifth time, we are launching the Defenders of Friendship 2021 joint Russian-Egyptian tactical exercise. Allow me on behalf of the Russian contingent to thank the commander and the entire paratrooper personnel for the warm welcome extended to our delegation. As part of the exercise, the combined unit of paratroopers of the two countries will have to perform a number of difficult tasks, including the practical landing of Russian and Egyptian units in the rear of a mock enemy. I would like to wish the personnel involved in the joint tactical exercise patience and show the best qualities that the soldiers of the Russian Airborne Forces and the Egyptian Airborne Forces possess. “

At the end of the opening ceremony of the exercise, the team of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Airborne Forces performed in front of the participants and guests of the event.

In total, from the Airborne Forces of Russia and the paratroopers of the armed forces of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a consolidated unit with a total number of more than 500 servicemen is involved in the exercise. as well as the Il-76md aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the C-130 Hercules and the Chinook heavy military transport helicopters of the Egyptian Air Force.

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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 of the Airborne Forces.

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 exercise took place at the Dubrovichi training ground of the Tula Guards Airborne Force in the Ryazan Region.

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