The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of possible foreign military sales of C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft and air defence radar systems to Egypt.
The two sales have a combined estimated value of $2.55bn and have been approved by the US State Department.
Egypt is expected to pay around $2.2bn for 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft and related equipment, as well as $355m for air defence radar systems.
The proposed C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft sale will cover four Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines for each aircraft, 12 Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engine spares, and 30 embedded GPS/INS (EGI) with global positioning systems (GPS) security devices.
It will also include seven multifunctional information distribution system–low volume terminal block upgrade twos (MIDS-LVT BU2), including spares.
Egypt will use the aircraft to provide airlift support for its forces and boost its security and humanitarian efforts.
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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics will serve as the prime contractor for this potential sale.
As part of the air defence radar systems’ deal, Egypt has requested to buy three SPS-48 Land-Based Radar (LBR) systems, spares, motor generators, repeaters, radomes, technical manuals, site surveys and installation.
The sale will also include a track management system, processor obsolescence replacements, an uninterrupted power supply, generators and a transmitter control unit for fielded SPS-48 LBR systems, communication equipment and other related support.
This purchase is intended to help Egypt improve its air threat detection capability.
In a statement, the DSCA said: “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.”
L3 Harris Surveillance Systems will be the principal contractor for this proposed sale.