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Egypt showcases locally-made drones at defence expo

Egypt has unveiled two domestically-manufactured drones at the Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX) held in Cairo [@visitedex/Twitter]
Egypt has unveiled two domestically-manufactured drones at the Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX) held in Cairo [@visitedex/Twitter]

Egypt has unveiled two domestically-manufactured drones at the Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX) held in Cairo this week.

One of the drones, named "Nut", after the Ancient Egyptian goddess of the sky, can carry up to 65 kilogrammes of weight, can perform tactical reconnaissance missions, and can evade satellite detection.

Also on display was the EJune-30SW, which according to one military expert quoted by Defense News is likely the result of a technology transfer from the UAE, as it looks identical to the Emirati Yabhon United 40 unmanned aerial vehicle.

Some 400 exhibitors and 76 foreign military delegations from several countries were also in attendance at the event which concludes tomorrow. EDEX was scheduled to take place last year but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the second EDEX event, after its 2018 debut.

The largest pavilions belonged to hosts Egypt and one of its important military partners, the UAE whose pavilion took up half of the centre's hall, according to the National. Companies from China, Russia, India, France, South Korea, and the US were also present.

At Monday's inaugural address, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said: "It is my honour to congratulate you all on the inauguration of this year's expo."

"The event this year is really quite significant and mirrors the size and calibre of the many companies who are in attendance."

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