Air force fighter jets from Egypt and Sudan together over the Nile

The Air Forces of Egypt and Sudan are conducting their first joint aerial exercise, Nile Eagles 1, at the Sudanese Air Force Base in Merowe north of Khartoum, the country’s capital, as a scenario. We are facing a time of great international relevance for Sudan, which is in the middle of a rapprochement phase with Russia, which has authorized it to establish a naval base on the Red Sea coast, and with its maneuvering partner Egypt, with whom it has not always been had good relationships.

On November 14, the Egyptian Ministry of Defense released a video with its MiG-29M2 fighter-bombers and an Ilushyn Il-76 transport aircraft showing the aircraft’s auxiliaries and a special forces team on arrival at Merowe Airfield, 1,160 km south of the Wadi Abu Rish base, where the new MiG-29M / M2 of the Egyptian Air Force are.

Civil satellite imagery was later released showing eight of these MiG-29s and one medium transport made in Spain, Airbus Defense & Space C295, painted with the desert camouflage used by the Egyptian Air Force. Likewise, in the pictures that come to us from Sudan, you can see the above-mentioned Egyptian warplanes armed with the R-73 and R-77 air-to-air missiles, both of Russian design and manufacture.

It is the first joint exercise between the Egyptian Air Force and its Sudanese counterparts in which some analysts see a message to Ethiopia for the controversial Great Etopean Renaissance Dam on the Nile, which was used to control the flow of water from the Nile. great african river, so important to egypt and sudan.

The Egyptian Ministry of Defense announced that the Eagle of the Nile 1 exercise began on November 14th and will continue until the 26th of this month. It includes joint training in offensive and defensive operations using multifunctional aircraft, as well as maneuvers with special forces developing rescue scenarios for crashed crews in a hostile zone, a practice internationally known as CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue).

Among the participating Sudanese aircraft represented in Merowe are at least four Chinese GATC FTC-2000 training and combat aircraft, two Sukhoi Su-25 air-to-ground attack aircraft, and a bomber by the same Russian designer, Su-24. The total Sudanese participation would be complemented by five Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters and possibly MiG-29s that would be deployed at another Sudanese Air Force base. (Julio Maz Sanz)

Photo: A Sudanese Air Force FTC-2000 (JL-9) followed an Egyptian MiG-29M / M2 after completing an Eagle of the Nile 1 training mission. (Photo Ministry of Defense of Egypt)

Two Egyptian Air Force MiG-29s land in formation during the exercise. (Photo Ministry of Defense of Egypt)

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