Despite many Western nations not lifting the ban on the delivery of military hardware to Egypt entirely, the African country is slowly being supplied again with air assets of orders that were frozen in protest against the military coup and violent actions against civilian protesters in 2013.
US Defence Secretary Chuch Hagel confirmed this week that his country will now deliver 10 Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) AH-64 Apache helicopters to the Egyptian military “to help the country combat counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai desert”. Egypt already flies 34 AH-64Ds and two older AH-64As.
Meanwhile Airbus Military seems also to have continued the temporarily suspended delivery of the dozen ordered (CASA / EADS) C295 tactical transport aircraft. At least five arrived in Egypt before Spain put a stop to it. But several sources report having seen two to three of the remaining seven heading towards Africa. Some even say all 12 on order are (soon to be) in Egypt, but we at AIRheads↑Fly could not get this confirmed at this time.
Egypt also loves to get more fighter jets, but the Pentagon is not lifting the ban on the wanted F-16 Fighting Falcons yet. Cairo is said already to have been engaged in talks with Russia about the possibility to obtain combat aircraft there in stead, repeating history as Egypt shifted from Russian to American made aircraft and back before in the 20th Century.
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