INTRODUCTION: Ten days of joint military exercises by Egypt and the United States a climax on Tuesday (24 November) with waves of bombers launching attacks deep in Egypt's Western Desert.
WESTERN DESERT, EGYPT (VISNEWS - ELI FASTMAN)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Ten days of joint military exercises by Egypt and the United States a climax on Tuesday (24 November) with waves of bombers launching attacks deep in Egypt's Western Desert. The attacks were part of Operation Brightstar '82, a joint military exercise planned by President Reagan to test the readiness of America's Rapid Deployment Force and give concrete proof of Washington's support for friendly states in the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: Four thousand Americans and 4,000 Egyptians took part in the exercises along with Egyptian and American tanks and artillery, and aircraft.
The final day began with bombing runs by American B-52 bombers. Six of the planes each dropped 27 230-kilogram bombs after a non-stop flight from the United States. They returned home without landing in Egypt. Then, Soviet-built Tupolev bombers and Mig fighters of the Egyptian Airforce made further bombing runs, scoring direct hits.
Next sorties by rocket-firing helicopters. Their mission was to attack an armoured position with heavy fire and anti-tank missiles. Meanwhile, infantry was on the move to take over sites cleared of the enemy by aerial bombardment.
The exercise ended with and attack by 80 Egyptian and American commandoes. Their role: to neutralise the opposition, and they came by helicopter, firing small arms.
Senior military personnel watched the exercise. Among them were military attaches from five Eastern European states, including East Germany. American officers said the military attaches were impressed by the exercise. The war games are to be followed by smaller exercises in the Sudan, Somalia and Oman. Total cost is estimated at 60 billion dollars.
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