BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Egyptian Air Defense Commander, Ali Fahmy, stressed the keenness of his forces to possess the capabilities that enable them to perform their duties with high efficiency, indicating that the sky of Egypt would be dangerous for any enemy.
He indicated during an interview that: “This is done through the development and modernization of air defense systems, taking into account the diversity of arms sources according to scientific foundations followed in the armed forces, taking advantage of military cooperation with brotherly and friendly countries in its various fields.”
In statements to the military editors, during a meeting marking the 50th anniversary of the construction of the missile wall on June 30, 1970, which coincides with the celebration of the seventh anniversary of the June 30 revolution, the commander of the Air Defense Forces stressed that Egypt’s airspace is dangerous for any enemy.
On June 30 of each year, the Egyptian Air Defense Forces celebrate the anniversary of the Israeli “Phantom Falling Week” in 1973, during which the Egypt Air Force inflicted during the October War heavy losses that caused the downfall of many of the Phantom and Skyhawks, which were considered the latest American aircraft at that time.
The crisis between Egypt and Turkey is reaching a tipping point during the recent times in Libya, especially after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced the legitimacy of any possible Egyptian military intervention in Libya, against the backdrop of the military escalation there, stressing that “the city of Sirte and the base of Jafra (Libya) constitute a red line” for Cairo.
Egypt is working to secure its borders, coasts and sky from any aggressive reaction that may happen suddenly, against the backdrop of tense situations on the borders with Libya, and Turkey’s military intervention there.