Cyprus - UK conduct "Aphrodite Shield" air defence drill (video)

The air defence units of the Cyprus Air Command and aircraft of the UK’s Royal Air Force conducted an air defence drill on the island this week.

According to the Defence Ministry, the aim of the drill – dubbed “Aphrodite Shield – was to train National Guard air defence personnel in air force deployment tactics, and increase operational readiness and the level of standardisation in designing and conducting air operations.

During the exercise, the air defence system was activated as well as the auto-protection system of the National Guard facilities and its performance was evaluated in realistic conditions facing modern fighter aircraft. In addition, personnel practiced tactical weapons control procedures and information transmission, as well as air defence procedures.

The drill, which is part of the Bilateral Defence Cooperation Programme between the armed forces of Cyprus and the UK, is particularly beneficial, as it provides the opportunity for the personnel to train together with UK units thus promoting interoperability and the development of relations in the field of aviation cooperation, the Defence Ministry said.

You can watch footage of the drill here:

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