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    Russia, Egypt Starting First Anti-Terrorism Drills on Saturday

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    The first Russia-Egypt anti-terrorism drills are kicking off in Egypt on Saturday, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry informed in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In total, over 15 helicopters and planes as well as 10 units of military technology and more than 500 servicemen from Airborne troops are planned to be involved in the joint drills.

    "For the first time in history, a Russian paratrooper division with its weaponry and technology plans to head off for Africa to participate in a joint international exercise," the statement says.

    Russian and Egyptian servicemen will learn to jointly eliminate unlawful armed formations in desert conditions, according to the release.

    "In carrying out the joint anti-terrorism exercise ‘Defenders of Friendship-2016’ in the Arab Republic of Egypt, it is planned, on both sides, to simultaneously have up to 300 paratroopers land using parachutes," the defense ministry said.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that a new uniform for hot climate had been developed for Russian servicemen who were going to participate in military exercises in Egypt.

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