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The final stage of the joint exercise of Russian and Egyptian paratroopers “Defenders of Friendship – 2021” ended on Wednesday near Cairo.
The active phase of the exercise with practical landing and practicing tactical actions was held at the tactical range of the armed forces of the Arab Republic of Egypt “Wadi Sakran” near the city of Inshas, 60 km from the Egyptian capital.
The active phase of the exercise was attended by about 200 servicemen of the two countries, who landed on guided parachute systems for special purposes such as “wing” and D-10 in the Egyptian desert from heights of 600 to 3.5 thousand meters.
According to the scenario, after landing and assembling at the landing site, the paratroopers performed the element of capturing and holding the border settlement where the terrorists had dug in, with the task of freeing the hostages they had taken and further carrying out a humanitarian operation to provide assistance to the local population.
The landing involved four Il-76MD military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces, which delivered the personnel of the combined Russian-Egyptian unit and six BMD-2K-AU units with the PBS-916 parachute strap-down system to the landing area, as well as military transport aircraft C-130 “Hercules” and C-295 “Casa”, “Chinook” and Mi-17 of the Egyptian Air Force.
Welcoming the Russian and Egyptian paratroopers who took part in the active phase of the exercise, the Commander of the Airborne Forces, Hero of Russia, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov thanked them for the successfully completed task and professional actions, wishing them success in their future service.
The commander of the paratrooper troops of the Egyptian armed forces, divisional general Atyf Ibrahim Mady, highly appreciated the coherence of actions of the joint group, the professional level of training of troops, pointing out the need to continue further cooperation and exchange of experience to counter modern challenges, primarily terrorism.
Based on the results of the active phase of the exercise, the command of the combined contingent recorded the fulfillment of all assigned tasks, the absence of unforeseen incidents and circumstances or the failure of weapons, military and special equipment to work.
The exercise was attended by military attachés from a number of African states, as well as Russian Ambassador to Egypt Georgy Borisenko.
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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