Badr 2014 military maneuvers to be the largest since 1996: military
official Spokesman for the Egyptian Military Mohamed Samir - Photo courtesy of military spokesperson Facebook page
By HANAN FAYED

CAIRO: Badr 2014, set for Oct. 11-Nov. 6, will be the largest Egyptian military training maneuver since 1996, doubling the size of the forces that participated then, though “not directed” at any party or related to any regional events, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said at a Saturday press conference.

The main objective behind the maneuver is to protect national targets and achieve deterrence for all potential threats with the highest degree of combat readiness, Samir added.

The maneuver focuses on a defensive strategy to counter hostile attacks, implement force mobilization procedures, confront emergency situations, make quick decisions, achieve air superiority and carry out air attacks through all the stages of the maneuver, he added.

The maneuver does not aim to threaten the Islamic State group, and a maneuver at such a scale is planned a year in advance, military expert Sameh Seif al-Yazal, head of the Republic Center for Strategic Studies, told Hayat TV Saturday.

The Navy will participate with destroyers, missile launches, submarines, coastal traffic launches in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and the Air Force will participate with different kinds of fighter jets, helicopters and radar stations, Samir said. He added the maneuver would not affect securing the borders or the “counter-terrorism efforts” in North Sinai.

The infantry, armored, artillery and rapid intervention corps will also participate along with special forces elements and paratroopers, he continued.

In Badr 1996, the 2nd and 3rd Field Armies crossed into the Suez Canal, took more than 50 percent of the military’s equipment into the Sinai Peninsula in six hours, and reached the state of maximum alert in 11 minutes using Israel as a virtual enemy.

Since 1996, Badr Maneuvers were also carried out in 2008 on the order of former President Hosni Mubarak, in 2012 under the then-ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and in 2013 under interim President Adly Mansour.

Egypt and France carried out joint naval training with Egypt in May, and in June Egypt participated in Exercise Eagle Salute with the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates.

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