Sources within the US State and Defence departments have confirmed that Egypt has received 10 Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) AH-64D Apache helicopters last week.
The delivery of the attack choppers was delayed for a long time, in protest of the violent actions of the Egyptian military leadership against its own, unhappy population and the removal of the elected president by the military establishment.
On 20 September this year Boeing was given the go-ahead to provide the African country with the heavily armed rotary wing, officially to help Cairo in fighting rebel groups at the Sinai Peninsula. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke this morning with Egyptian Minister of Defense Colonel General Sedki Sobhy to confirm that the U.S. plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support their counterterrorism efforts,” the official Pentagon statement of that day reads.
Back in 2000 Egypt started to have Boeing modernising its 35 AH-64A Apaches to D standard. The 10 newly delivered choppers are straight from the factory.
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