May 28, 2009 -- Egypt is to buy another 12 AH-64D Block II Apache Longbow attack helicopters, taking its fleet to 47 from the current 35.
The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the US Congress that it will sell Egypt the helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and support for an estimated cost of $820 million.
The latter includes 27 T700-GE-701D Engines, 36 Modernised Targeting Acquisition and Designation Systems/Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 28 M299 HELLFIRE Longbow Missile Launchers, 14 AN/ALQ-144(V)3 Infrared Jammers, and 14 AN/APR-39B(V)2 Radar Signal Detecting Sets.
Also included are composite horizontal stabilizers, Integrated Helmet and Display Sight Systems, repair and return, transportation, depot maintenance, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, US Government and contractor technical support “and other related elements of programme support”.
The Pentagon has told Congress the “proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This sale is consistent with these US objectives and with the 1950 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.”
Egypt will use the AH-64D for its national security and protecting its borders. “The aircraft will provide the Egyptian military more advanced targeting and engagement capabilities. The proposed sale will provide for the defense of vital installations and will provide close air support for the military ground forces. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.”
The sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region, Congress has been told.
The AH64 is now in use in 11 countries.
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