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November 1, 2015

US delivers four more F-16 Fighting Falcons to Egyptian Air Force

The Egyptian Air Force has received four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets form the US, further enhancing the country’s warfare capabilities.

By Samseer M

AF

The Egyptian Air Force has received four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets form the US, further enhancing the country’s warfare capabilities.

Delivered under the Peace Vector programme, the latest development covers the supply of follow-on maintenance and training for Egyptian Air Force pilots and ground crews.

Ambassador Stephen Beecroft said that the latest delivery is "another step forward in US-Egyptian cooperation on fighting terror, bringing stability to the region, and strengthening our historic relationship."

Lockheed Martin-built F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter, designed initially as an air superiority day fighter, which later evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft for accurate delivery of ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.

Block 50 / 52 is the eighth major modification block of the F-16 that incorporates colour cockpit displays, a new electronic warfare suite, advanced weapons and sensors and more powerful engines.

"I would like to congratulate the Egyptian military and people on their newest military assets and to celebrate the successful strategic cooperation between our governments."

According to senior defence official major general Charles Hooper, the advanced F-16 fighter jet as a "vital multi-role aircraft that will provide the Egyptian people greater security and a powerful asset in the fight against terrorism.

"I would like to congratulate the Egyptian military and people on their newest military assets and to celebrate the successful strategic cooperation between our governments."

In July, the US delivered eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Egypt.

The US has announced $1.3bn commitment to Egypt this year in a latest contribution to its strategic partnership with Egypt that has continued for more than 30 years.


Image: F-16 Fighting Falcons flying. Photo: courtesy of US Department of State.

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