US Approves $2.55b Arms Deal With Egypt

The US Joe Biden’s administration has approved a massive arms sale to Egypt valued at about $2.55 billion, which includes 12 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

The US officials said they have agreed to ink two arms deals with Egypt with the first deal at a cost of estimated $2.2 billion that would provide Cairo with 12 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and related equipment such as missile warning systems, radar systems and spare engines.

The second deal at a cost of $355 million will give Egypt three SPS-48 Land Based Radar systems and related equipment, in addition to providing training on said equipment.

“The proposed sale will improve Egypt’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing airlift support for its forces by moving supplies, equipment and people, thus strengthening its capacity in the security and humanitarian arena,” the agency quoted a US government release noted.

The US exports more weapons than any other country in the world, and the Middle East is the country’s biggest customer.

According to data reported by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the US made 36% of all global arms exports from 2015 to 2019 and countries in the Middle East accounted for 51% of those arms exports.

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