Egypt officially receives S-300 missile system from Russia

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Egypt has officially received the S-300BM , also known as Antey-2500 missile system from Russia, Russia Today reported according to the Russian Arms Industry Corporation Almaz-Antey.

Last September, the Russian business newspaper Vedomosti reported that the agency of defence-related technologies and services “Rosoboronexport” signed a $500 million deal with the Egyptian Ministry of Defence to provide Egypt with a S-300VM ‘Antey-2500′, a highly advanced air defence system, by the end of this year.

Russia and Egypt have signed arms contracts worth $3.5 billion, head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin, told RIA Novosti.

The S-300BM ‘Antey-2500′ is a Russian anti-ballistic missile, designed to defeat short and medium range ballistic missiles, aero-ballistic and cruise missiles, fixed-wing aircraft, as well as loitering ECM platforms and precision guided munitions.

Last August, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi, where they discussed economic, military and technical cooperation between their respective countries.

Egyptian-Russian bilateral relations have witnessed a remarkable evolution since the 30 June revolution of 2013.

Russia is currently holding talks with Egyptian officials over the latter’s planned purchase of MiG-35 fighter jets, Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported last September.