US approves sale of 10 AH-64E Apaches attack helicopters to Egypt

The Egyptian request for ten new AH-64Es Apache attack gunships has been approved by the US State Department, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 27 November.

It said the proposed sale was worth an estimated USD1 billion and included 24 engines (including four spares), 12 (two spare) Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sites/Pilot Night Vision Systems (M-TADS/PNVS), 14 (four spare) navigation systems, 135 Hellfire missiles, AVR-2 laser-detecting sets, AN/APR-39D radar warning receivers, AN/AVS-6 night-vision goggles, and unidentified doppler radar systems.

The request also includes software support for the Aviation Mission Planning Systems (AMPS), survivability equipment, communication and electronic equipment, spares, training US government, and contractor services.

The Egyptian Air Force currently operates Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters

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Darek Liam

Darek Liam is the North African editor for AMB, where he writes about the intersection of Technology and national security. He has been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade, previously as African Union correspondent.