Russia has delivered Antey-2500 advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Egypt, marking the first deployment of long-range interceptor in the Middle East.
The delivery of air defense missile systems has been started under a recent deal reached between Moscow and Egypt. "Deliveries of auxiliary technological equipment have been launched. Within a year, Egypt will receive launchers and other equipment," a Russian official was quoted saying by Interfax news agency on Thursday.
They refused to reveal the exact number of Antey-2500 systems that would be delivered to Egypt. Egypt is also purchasing 12 Su-30K fighter jets, the fourth generation of the famous Sukhoi military aircraft. According to the report, contract has already been signed with Irkut Corporation.
Antey-2500, an export version of Russia's S-300 V4 surface-to-air missile system, is able to engage ballistic and aerodynamic targets within a range of up to 400 kilometers.