Egypt, Russia hosting joint military exercise


Egypt and Russia are currently holding the first Arrow of Friendship air defence exercise, which began on 26 October and is set to conclude on 7 November.

The Russian ministry of defence said the exercise will focus on air defence training and has seen more than 100 Russian anti-aircraft gunners of the compound and military units of the Southern Military District, deployed in the Volgograd Region, Krasnodar Territory, North Ossetia and Crimea, take part.

The purpose of the exercise is the exchange of experience between Russian and Egyptian military personnel, as well as ensuring airspace security and organising air defence to cover important areas, improving the practical skills of military personnel with the maximum combat capabilities of anti-aircraft missile systems with joint actions to repel conventional enemy strikes in various conditions, the Russian ministry of defence said.

The exercise involves Russian-made military equipment including the Tor-M2E and Buk-M2E anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as Igla portable anti-aircraft missile systems, and Shilka anti-aircraft self-propelled guns.