The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $81.4m foreign military sale (FMS) of a common missile warning system (CMWS) for AH-64E Apache, UH-60 Blackhawk, and CH-47 Chinook helicopter to Egypt.

Under the potential sale, Egypt seeks to receive 67 units of AN/AAR-57 CMWS and associated equipment, training, and support.

The sale will also cover OCONUS installation / integration, installation mounting kits and countermeasure dispenser test set AN/ALM-294.

The Government of Egypt has also requested for technical assistance, US Government training and OCONUS contractor training, publications and technical documents, quality assurance and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The procurement of CMWS will equip the Egyptian Air Force’s fleet of multimission helicopters with a detection system for infrared missile threats.

BAE Systems and DynCorp will serve as prime contractors for this potential sale.

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The Apache and Chinook helicopters are manufactured by Boeing, and Black Hawk is developed by Sikorsky.

"The CH-47 is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that features a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system."

The CH-47 is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that features a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, common aviation architecture cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities.

Powered by two high-performance turboshaft engines, the Apache is fitted with laser, infrared, and other systems to locate, track, and attack targets.

Sikorsky's Black Hawk has low-detectability and outstanding nap-of-the-earth flight capabilities and it is tolerant to small arms fire and most high-explosive, medium-calibre projectiles.

Image: An AH-64 Apache helicopter. Photo: courtesy of US Army by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway.