Egyptian and South Korean planes perform an air show over the Giza pyramids

Egyptian Air Force aerobatic team “Silver Stars” held an air show with South Korean aerobatic team “Black Eagles” on the Giza pyramids plateau on Wednesday. The two teams performed various flight maneuvers reflecting the friendly relations between the two countries.

Egyptian Gazelle “Horus Team” helicopters and paratroopers also took part in the show. The event was attended by 800 guests and tourists on the plateau of the pyramids.

It was the first air show ever held in the area of ​​the Giza pyramids. All security measures have been adopted to protect the archaeological area.

The Korean and Egyptian governments have been jointly preparing the show since May. It was another great opportunity to strengthen the bilateral ties of the two nations. Egypt and Korea share close ties in various fields, including defense industries. An agreement for the manufacture of K-9 was signed in February.

South Korean Ambassador to Egypt Hong Jin-wook said the two aerobatic teams put on a great show.

“It was an honor to see these two teams play together. They will meet regularly at different air shows, and today’s valuable experience will help them continue their relationship in the future,” he said.

The ambassador said that this air show and the ongoing defense projects indicate the strong mutual trust between the two nations, which serves as the basis for a comprehensive cooperative partnership.

He also pointed out that this cooperative momentum has been created through high-level personnel exchanges such as visits by the Korean President, the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Minister of Defense to Egypt as well as ongoing interactions. in various fields.

Ambassador Hong affirmed that Korea will continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Egypt in all areas, including science and technology, infrastructure, trade, investment and, above all, people-to-people exchanges. .

He told Daily News Egypt that until several years ago it was not easy to imagine Korean Air Force planes flying over the pyramids. However, today eight Black Eagles performed an aerobatic display in cooperation with Silver Stars over the beautiful lands of Egypt. As the case proves, military cooperation between two countries can take a big step at any time.

Hong said Korea’s participation in EDEX 2021 and high-level personnel exchanges have given impetus to defense industrial cooperation between the two countries.

“Korea has developed advanced defense technologies and is capable of manufacturing a variety of high-tech defense equipment. Besides the K-9 howitzer, which we agreed to jointly manufacture here in Egypt last February, Korea is also trying to supply T-50 attack trainers, K2 Black Panther tanks, etc. in the form of joint production. It is not easy to predict which equipment will be next to exist in Egypt, but Korea will endeavor to remain a reliable partner of Egypt’s defense industry at all times,” he said. declared.

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