Contents tagged with Egypt

  • Russia to sign agreement with Cairo on use of Egyptian military airports

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Russian Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry to hold negotiations with the Egyptian government and sign an agreement on “the procedure for using the airspace and airport infrastructure of Russia and Egypt”. The text of the agreement preliminarily approved by the governments of both countries was published on November 30 on the official legal information portal.

    The agreement will permit military planes to utilize the airspace of both countries for …

  • Joint Russian-Egyptian exercises begin in Russia's Krasnodar Krai

    The Russian-Egyptian “Defenders of Friendship 2017” joint military exercises have begun in Krasnodar Krai, TASS reported, citing the Ministry of Defense. 50 Egyptian paratroopers arrived on September 6 to take part in the exercises in the south of Russia.

    “In the context of the tactical exercises, divisions of the Russian Airborne Troops and the Egyptian Paratroopers will do landings, carry out maneuvers in the area of combat training tasks, and will also capture and hold a mountain pass in …

  • Russia to supply equipment and helicopters to Egypt’s Mistral helicopter carriers

    Russia is entering into two contracts with Egypt: one relating to ship systems for the Mistral helicopter carriers, and the other relating to the Ka-52K helicopters which the ships will be equipped with, Rosoboronexport Director General Alexander Mikheev told Ria Novosti in an interview.

    According to him, the Mistral helicopter carriers which Egypt purchased from France need to be retrofitted with additional systems in order to make use of Russian helicopters.

    “This will be a separate …

  • Media: Egypt does not allow Russian aviation security into its airports

    Flights between Russia and Egypt were postponed indefinitely after the Egyptian government refused to allow Russian aviation security personnel into its airports, Interfax news agency reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.

    "The Egyptians no longer demonstrate their readiness to seek a compromise regarding the presence of Russian aviation security specialists at local airports," the source said. According to him, Egypt said that it has "the ability to provide security on its own, …

  • Pentagon and CIA refused to comment on the reports about the presence of Russian Special Forces near the Libyan border

    The U.S. Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency have refused to comment on reports regarding the presence of Russian Special Forces in Egypt, not far from the Libyan border. “You can report that the Central Intelligence Agency refuses to comment on this issue,” the CIA’s representative told Interfax on the 14th of March.

    The Pentagon also didn’t comment on this issue and advised reporters to request an explanation from Russian authorities. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of …

  • Russian Defense Ministry confirms Egypt will begin receiving Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters later this year

    The Director General of Russia's Rosoboronexport concern, Alexander Mikheev stated in his interview with Interfax that Russia will start supplying Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters to Egypt in 2017. “No, the supplies haven’t started yet. They will start this year. Everything is covered under the terms of the contract,” Mikheev said.

    On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov confirmed that Egypt will begin receiving Russian-built Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters later this year. …

  • The Kremlin expects to expand sales of weapons to Egypt

    Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin expects that there will be an increase in the military equipment provided to Egypt, including additional Ka-52 Alligator helicopters. He stated this during a meeting with the Egyptian Minister of Military Production Muhammad Al-Assar, TASS reported.

    “I spoke with the Minister of Defense today and saw a depiction of where your soldiers were, but they were armed with Kalashnikovs. Russian weapons have been in your country for a long time, but I hope, as a …

  • Egypt ordered helicopters from Russia for the French-built Mistral carriers

    Egyptian authorities have requested that Russia supply Ka-52 helicopters for the Mistral ships that were made in France.

    “We have already received a request from the Egyptian side for the supply of Ka-52 ship-based helicopters. The customer is considering the possibility of forming several helicopter squadrons. The exact quantity will be agreed on in the course of further negotiations,” the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Anatoly Punchuk, said. …

  • Russia to lease military base from Egypt

    Russia is holding discussions with Egypt on possibility of leasing some of the Egyptian military facilities, including the former Soviet military airbase in the city of Sidi Barrani.  

    This was reported by Russian Izvestia newspaper citing sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Defense Ministry.

    According to Izvestia's sources, the restoration of the Sidi Barrani base will introduce a new phase of cooperation between the two countries. It will also help Russia address the …

  • Russian paratroopers to participate in military exercises in Egypt

    Russian paratroopers will be sent to Egypt during October to participate in the first joint exercises of its kind. This was reported on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website on the 4th of October.

    The ministry went on to report that marines with their weapons and equipment will be transported by IL-76 aircraft.

    The ministry had previously reported that the paratroopers of the two countries plan to conduct anti-terrorist exercises in October this year, and in particular, to train in desert …