U.S. Army AH-64E Apache pilots land for fuel.
The U.S. State Department has given the go ahead for Egypt to buy 10 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters through a foreign military sales deal worth up to $1 billion.
Egypt is bolstering its attack helicopter fleet to fight terrorists on the Sinai Peninsula, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
“Egypt intends to expand its existing fleet of multi-mission heavy attack helicopters to address U.S.-Egyptian interest in countering terrorist activities emanating from the Sinai Peninsula that undermine regional stability,” DSCA said in a statement. “This sale will contribute to Egypt's military goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between Egypt, the U.S., and other allies.”
Included in the FMS request are the 10 Boeing-made AH-64E gunships, 24 T700-GE-701D engines, a dozen modernized target acquisition designation sights/pilot night vision sensors (M-TADS/PNVS), 24 Honeywell embedded GPS with inertial navigation system.
A concluded deal could also come with 24 M299 Hellfire missile launchers, 135 Hellfire Missiles, five M36E9 captive air training missiles (CATM) AGM-114R, and twelve (12) AAR-57 common missile warning systems. Also included are M230 30mm automatic guns, AVR-2 B laser detecting sets, AN/ARC 201E Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS), AN/APR- 39D radar warning receivers, AN/AVS-6 night vision goggles and AN/ASN Doppler Radar Systems.
Egypt is also approved to purchase avionics-related software support for the aviation mission planning systems (AMPS), survivability equipment, communication and electronic equipment, communication/electronics technical assistance, tools and test equipment, integration and checkout, spares and repair parts, training and training equipment, ferry and fuel support, publications and technical documents, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, quality assurance, construction services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
At least 25 U.S. Government or contractor representatives will have to travel to Egypt for a period of 12 weeks for equipment checkout and training, DSCA said.