Egyptian, French militaries conduct ‘Ramses 2022’

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CAIRO: Egyptian and French naval and air forces have launched the joint “Ramses 2022” drill, which is able to final for a number of days in Egypt.

The army spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces, Colonel Gharib Abdel Hafez, stated that the coaching contains the plane service Charles de Gaulle, the flagship of the French navy, an accompanying fight group and numerous Rafale fighter jets. From the Egyptian facet, a naval formation of frigates, missile launchers and parts of the Egyptian Navy’s particular forces are taking part, along with numerous F-16, Rafale and MiG-29 fighter jets.

The coaching contains the implementation of a number of actions that can prepare the naval and air crews of each international locations on planning and managing joint fight actions, which contributes to unifying operational ideas and refining expertise, exchanging fight and area experiences, and making ready to hold out joint duties underneath totally different circumstances.

The drill is available in gentle of the rising army cooperation between the Egyptian and French armed forces, and goals to boost their means to face challenges within the area and safe very important goals within the Mediterranean.

The two countries have held several naval drills in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean involving Egyptian and French frigates.

In 2015, Egypt purchased 24 Rafale fighter jets from France, as well as other military hardware, including Mistral warships and missiles.

Egypt is the world’s third-largest arms importer, after Saudi Arabia and India, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Its arms purchases from France have significantly increased under the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, totalling around 9 billion euros (around $10 billion) between 2015 and 2021.

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