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Egypt Buys Aircraft & Air-Defense Radars From US For $2.5 Billion

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Egypt Buys Aircraft & Air-Defense Radars From US For $2.5 Billion

A С-130J-30 military transport aircraft of the British Air Force. FILE IMAGE: David K – IOM

On January 25, the US State Department announced that it had approved two new arms deals with Egypt worth a total of $2.5 billion.

The first deal, which worth $2.2 billion, includes the sale of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules military transport aircraft and related equipment. The C-130J-30 is an extended fuselage variant of the basic C-130J, which has a range of 3,300 kilometers with a payload of 15,4 tons.

The second deal covers the sale of three SPS-48 Land Based Radars (LBR) and related equipment for $355 million. The SPS-48 LBR has an operational range of 460 km and can be used to direct targets for air defense systems such as the Sea Sparrow and RIM-116 SAM missiles.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East,” the State Department said in two separate press releases on each of the deals.

The US provides Egypt with around $1.3 billion in military aid annually, of which $300 million is attached to certain conditions.

The addition of C-130J-30 aircraft will boost the logistic transport capabilities of the Egyptian Air Force, while the new SPS-48 LBR systems will significantly improve the early-warning capabilities of the Air Defense Forces.

Egypt has been modernizing its military to cope with the ever increasing security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa.


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Egypt will soon join the axis of resistance. Israel is funding isis in Sudan to later fight Egypt for the Nile. It will need assistance from Iran and hezb since they’re the most experienced in fighting isis and its counterparts. Israel wants the Nile for the same reason it wants the Litani, control.


What exactly Iran and hesbolla did to isis nothing ? They are terrorists themselves.. unfortunately isis still around ..

Chris Gr

Egypt is with Saudis and UAE. Turkey will join that so called axis.

Peppe il Sicario

Egypt’s president, El Sissy, proves over and over again, how much a worthless s h i t he really is, a two-faced lying desert gecko!!!


Egypt need a president like Houthis or Gaddafi

Last edited 3 months ago by Furkan
Donald Moore

Nothing new here, the US gives them Billions of Dollars per year but they must buy US so its really giving them stuff. When Russia was the USSR Egypt did the same with them. When the Soviet Union fell the US moved in and Egypt needs the money to survive, they can’t do it on their own!


Sometimes it feels like Egypt buys everything they’re allowed to buy. I do think that Hercules is a good aircraft that can land and take off from improvised strips with short take off and landing.

Last edited 3 months ago by Anyone
Chris Gr

Arab allies like Egypt and Iraq are supporting Assad now. So US has failed.

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