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US approves sale of TOW 2A RF missiles to Egypt

The sale, estimated to cost US$691 million includes missile systems, support and related equipment.

The sale, estimated to cost US$691 million includes missile systems, support and related equipment.

The US State Department approved the sale of TOW 2A radio frequency missiles and support capabilities to the Egyptian government, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

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Raytheon Missiles & Defense has been confirmed as the principal contractor.

The sale is expected to include 5,000 TOW 2A missile systems with an addition 70 fly-to-buy lot acceptance missile units.

As part of the sale, the DSCA has confirmed an array of missile support equipment will also be sold to the Egyptian government, including relevant publications and spare parts, as well as training on the systems and logistical support from the United States government.

The sale is estimated to total $691 million.

It is hoped that the sale would more greatly strengthen Egypt’s defence capabilities, with the missiles destined to be used in counterterrorism and border security operations.

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The sale of the missiles is not expected to alter the geopolitical make-up of the region, with the DSCA further outlining that the sale won’t impact the US military’s readiness.

[Related: DSCA approves sale of SATCOM system to NATO]

US approves sale of TOW 2A RF missiles to Egypt
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