US to sell nearly $200 million worth of ship defense missiles to Egypt 

It is the second arms deal the Biden administration has approved for an Arab country in the Middle East, following its approval last week of a $60 million sale of an F-16 fighter pilot training center to Jordan

Photo: US Indo-Pacific Command

The US State Department approved last week the sale of 168 RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 tactical missiles to Egypt. The estimated cost for the missiles and related equipment is $197 million. The principal supplier will be Raytheon Missiles & Defense. This determination follows last week's approval to sell Jordan an F-16 Air Combat Training Center and related equipment for an estimated $60 million, as reported by Israel Defense.

According to the statement, the proposed sale will support the fast missile craft of the Egyptian Navy and enhance their capabilities in patrol and interdiction operations in Egyptian coastal waters and the approaches to the Suez Canal. Egypt continues to be an important strategic partner of the US in the Middle East.

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