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The US has delivered eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Egypt, providing additional capacity to the country’s existing fleet of F-16 aircraft.

The new fighter jets to Cairo West Air Base will be integrated into the Egyptian Air Force immediately.

Egypt US Embassy senior defense official major general Charles Hooper said: "The F-16s provide a valuable capability that is needed during these times of regional instability.

"America’s commitment to a strong relationship with Egypt is demonstrated by continued cooperation and capability sharing between our two countries. "

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.

"America’s commitment to a strong relationship with Egypt is demonstrated by continued cooperation and capability sharing between our two countries."

Hooper added: "Extremists threaten regional security and these weapon systems provide a new tool to help Egypt fight terrorism."

Egypt will receive four more F-16s from the US in the third quarter of this year. The US will also be delivering follow-on support, maintenance, and training for Egyptian Air Force pilots and ground crews.

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, new electronic warfare suite, advanced weapons and sensors and more powerful engines.


Image: The new eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft from the US will expand the Egypt’s existing fleet of F-16 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of the US Department of State .