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.