"Hasm 2020" drills (Photo courtesy of the Armed force's spokesman official Facebook page)
Egypt’s Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki and Army Chief of Staff Lt. General Mohamed Farid attended on Thursday the main stage of the "Hasm 2020" military drills.
According to a statement from the armed forces, land, maritime and air defence forces took part in the strategic manoeuvres, in cooperation with the formations and units of the western military region.
The drills started on Tuesday.
Military commanders and chiefs of the main military units also attended the manoeuvres.
The drills included the participation of multi-task aircrafts and helicopters which used live ammunition to target a battalion of supported tanks under full coverage of the air defences.
The exercises aim at eradicating mercenaries, their gathering points, command centres, and logistics.
The defence minister praised the combat capabilities and potential of the armed forces to counter any attacks perfectly.
At the end of the manoeuvres, the minister conveyed the greetings of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to the military personnel, lauding their sacrifices to protect the homeland.