US lines up pair of FMS deals for Egypt
The US State Department has approved two potential FMS deals for Egypt with a combined value of $2.55 billion.
In one proposed sale, worth $2.2 billion with Lockheed Martin as prime contractor, Egypt has requested 12 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, each of which would be delivered equipped with four Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines.
Other equipment would include 12 spare AE-2100Ds; 30 embedded secure GPS/INS devices (including six spares); and four Multifunctional Information Distribution System – Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade Two systems plus three spares.
The new Super Hercules aircraft for Egypt would also be equipped with AN/APX-119 IFF transponders; AN/AAR-47 missile warning systems; AN/ALE-47 countermeasures dispensers; AN/ALR-56M radar warning receivers; Star SAFIRE 380 high-definition gyro-stabilised EO/IR turrets; plus secure communications, cryptographic equipment, and GPS-aided precision navigation equipment.
Egypt would use the new aircraft for humanitarian aid, military airlift, border patrol and maritime surveillance missions, the State Department noted in a 25 January announcement.
Lockheed Martin would provide contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services.
Shephard Defence Insight notes that Egypt already operates a fleet of 19 C-130Hs and the State Department expects the country to have ‘no difficulty [in] absorbing these aircraft and services into its armed forces’.
The other planned FMS for Egypt, worth $355 million, would see L3Harris Technologies provide SPS-48 air defence radar systems and associated replacement parts, communication systems, plus logistical and engineering support.
Egypt already operates an undisclosed number of SPS-48 systems for land-based air surveillance.
More from Air Warfare
As discussions about the Global Combat Air Programme's headquarters location continue, Japan may lead the UK-based HQ to maintain programme balance.
Honeywell urges Pratt & Whitney to share F-35 engine data or risk costly maintenance and reduced reliability
'We're getting into a zone where [the engine and the cooling] are going to be out of phase with each other... which means you're going to have to take the [F-35] jet down twice for overhaul and replacement of systems,' Honeywell official tells Shephard.
It turns out that Australia has made absolutely no progress in obtaining shipborne UAVs in the past 18 months or so.
Austria plans to replace its retiring C-130 Hercules fleet with Embraer's C-390 military transport aircraft, Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner said on 20 September.
Australia will buy another MQ-4C Triton for maritime surveillance, plus its partner the P-8A will undergo an upgrade programme.
The USAF has selected four Air National Guard Airlift wings as the preferred locations to receive C-130J Super Hercules to replace the ageing C-130Hs.