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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Cmde A Madhavarao (Retd), CMD, BDL, and Lt Gen Mohamed Hegazy, the Egyptian Air Defence Commander of The Arab Republic of Egypt, held a fruitful discussion about cooperation in the field of Air Defence during Egypt Defence Expo – 2023 in Cairo.

The two leaders discussed the potential for India to supply Egypt with its indigenously developed Akash surface-to-missile defence system. Madhavarao also presented a scale model of the Akash missile system to Hegazy.

This discussion comes on the heels of an earlier offer from India to sell Egypt the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi are expected to discuss the sale of both the Akash and Tejas systems during their upcoming meeting.

India’s offer to Egypt reflects the country’s growing defence export ambitions. India has been developing its defence manufacturing capabilities in recent years and is now looking to export its equipment to other countries.

Egypt is a key partner for India in the Middle East. The two countries have a strong military relationship and have been cooperating in defence for many years.

The sale of the Akash and Tejas systems to Egypt would be a major boost for India’s defence industry. It would also strengthen the military ties between India and Egypt.

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