BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Egyptian military is seeking to acquire the Russian super-defense system, dubbed the “Bastion”, where news confirmed that Egypt wants to secure its coasts and gas fields in the Mediterranean.
A military source confirmed to RT Arabic that the armament contracts between Egypt and Russia in 2015 included the Bastion system, which has a maximum range of 300 km.
The source noted that Egypt’s acquisition of these systems is a logical matter that fits into the framework of a comprehensive development plan for the Egyptian Navy that will include access to modern defense systems along the coast of the country.
The source continued: “The Bastion system is considered one of the most important and effective deterrent systems in the world, especially in light of the huge need to secure new naval bases and Egyptian economic areas in the eastern Mediterranean in front of two adversaries, such as the Israeli navy and the Turkish navy.”
He added that a single system can protect 600 km of coast and secure a sea area of 100,000 square kilometers.
This is important for the Egyptian Navy given the recent Turkish expansion into the southern region of the Mediterranean.
The conflict with Egypt, Cyprus and Greece on one side and Turkey on the other is beginning to heat up, as Ankara plans to move forward with their oil exploration contingency.