Russia to supply Egypt with anti-missile defense systems

CAIRO: The Egyptian air military fleet will be supplied with Russian President-S onboard defense systems against anti-crafts missiles, Russian News Agency TASS reported Friday.

“There is a contract and we’re working within this contract. The deliveries will start in the imminent future,” First Deputy General Director of Radioelectronic Technologies Group (KRET) Igor Nasenkov was quoted as saying.

President-S onboard defense systems have been designed to protect aircrafts from “aviation missiles, air defense and anti-aircraft artillery systems by detecting the existence of threats and counter attacking,” according to the KRET official website.

It has been reported on Nov. 8 that Russia would supply Egypt with air defense systems of Antey-2500 and BUK.

On Oct. 31, Russian passenger plane crashed over Sinai with 227 passengers on board killed. Accordingly, Russia suspended travel to Egypt and announced that the plane was bombed, however Egypt said the reason behind the crash was not determined yet.

Despite the crash, military cooperation between both countries continues.

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