The US has provided Egypt with two fast missile boats that would contribute towards “ensuring regional security, countering terrorism, and protecting global commerce,” the US embassy in Cairo said Monday.
The embassy said in a statement that the two Fast Missile navy vessels reached the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on June 17. Egypt’s naval fleet of Fast Missile Craft is doubled after receiving the two US missile boats.
"The Fast Missile Craft directly supports maritime and regional security, which includes protecting vital waterways such as the Suez Canal and the Red Sea," Major General Charles Hooper, a senior defense official at the US embassy said.
In March, US President Barack Obama lifted an arms freeze on Egypt imposed on the African country following the 2013 military expulsion of Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected government.
In a phone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on March 31, the US president announced that he would allow 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and 125 M1A1 tank kits to be delivered to Cairo.
Following Morsi’s ouster, the US halted the transfer of F-16 fighter jets, M1A1 tank kits, Harpoon missiles and Apache helicopters to the Cairo government. The suspension of the US aid angered Egyptian authorities, resulted in troubled Washington-Cairo relations.
In December 2014, after intense negotiations between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Sisi, Egypt received 10 Apache helicopters from Washington to counter terrorist activities in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
Since the ouster of Morsi, assailants have been launching almost daily attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, killing members of security forces.
Egypt has agreed to buy 46 MiG-29 fighter jets worth US $2 billion from Russia, Vedomosti news daily reported Monday. This is the largest order for MiG aircraft since Soviet disintegration
A senior Israeli intelligence official confirmed on Wednesday that Egypt is buying the same advanced S-300 air defense system that Iran had bought from Russia. "I don't know what kind of threat Egypt looks at when they decide to buy it, but we do not see Egypt as the enemy
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Wednesday that it has approved sale of air-to-ground missiles to Egypt for $57 million. “The US State Department notified Congress on Tuesday of a possible sale to Egypt of AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $57 million,” DSCA said in a statement
USA has approved sending twelve (F-16) fighter jets, 20 Harpoon missiles and 125 M-1 tank modernization kits to Egypt, the White House official said in Deutsche Welle German radio Tuesday. Obama notified in telephone call to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi about his decision to lift a hold on military aid, allowing delivery of twelve F-16 fighter jets, 20 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and 125 M1A1 Abrams tanks
IS militants in Sinai claim that they have carried out a missile attack on an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday. The militants said that they destroyed the naval ship with a guided missile
Islamic state group have used advanced weapons, including Russian made Kornet Anti-tank missiles to attack troops in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt on Wednesday. The attackers also used mortars, Anti-aircraft guns and other guided missiles, AFP reported Wednesday
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