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State Department Approves Sale to Egypt to Fight Islamic State Militants

State Department Approves Sale

Egyptian policemen standing guard at a checkpoint on a road leading to the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish. Picture taken on July 26, 2018. 

Egypt has asked to buy thousands of tank rounds from General Dynamics in the U.S. foreign military sale worth as much as $99 million, according to the state run notice Monday.

The State Department has signed off for the potential sale, which will include high-explosive rounds Egyptian forces would used in operations against Islamic State militants in the Sinai.

The notification has come about as the Islamic State a few weeks ago claimed responsibility with an attack with an Egyptian police checkpoint in northern Sinai, in addition to being Egyptian security forces reportedly foiled an attack over a checkpoint west from the town of al-Arish.

Since February, Egyptian troops, backed by police, are actually conducting a major operation targeting Islamist militants behind a wave of attacks against security forces and civilians, Reuters reported at that time. Hundreds of suspected militants happen to be killed or captured in the operation.

The bulk in the proposed purchase noticed soon, however, includes target-practice rounds to practice M1A1 tank crews, “in proper crew procedures in a training environment using munitions that cost a fraction of tactical rounds and have nearly zero explosive or penetrating capability,” in accordance with the notice from your Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Egypt may be producing such a ammunition under a pre-existing co-production agreement for as much as many years, DSCA said.

The prime contractor, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, St. Petersburg, Florida, would provide you with the following:

  • 46,000 120mm Target Practice, Tracer (M831A1) and 120 mm Target Practice, Cone Stabilized, Discarding Sabot, (M865) rounds.
  • 10,000 120mm 4th-Generation Kinetic Energy-Tungsten (KE-W) A4 Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot with Tracer (APFSDS-T) rounds, to replace older model 120MM KE-W, KE-W Al, and KE-W A2 ammunition to maintain a strategic munitions inventory for its M1A1 tank fleet.
  • 4,500 120mm Insensitive Munitions High Explosive with Tracer (IM HE-T) tank rounds.
  • Associated equipment, training and logistical support. The proposed sale would involve multiple trips to Egypt involving up to six U.S. government and contractor representatives over a period of up to 5 years.

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