U.S. to deliver eight F-16 aircraft to Egypt

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U.S. to deliver eight F-16 aircraft to Egypt

In late March, U.S. President Barack Obama lifted a hold on a supply of arms to Cairo, authorising deliveries of U.S. weapons valued at over $1.3 billion. (File photo: AP)

Reuters, Cairo
Thursday, 30 July 2015

The United States will deliver eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Egypt within the next two days, the U.S. embassy in Cairo said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement said the U.S. would deliver four more F-16s to Egypt this fall.

In late March, U.S. President Barack Obama lifted a hold on a supply of arms to Cairo, authorising deliveries of U.S. weapons valued at over $1.3 billion.

The statement said Washington would deliver four more F-16s to Egypt this autumn.

Despite U.S. lawmakers' concerns that Egypt is lagging on democratic reforms, Egypt remains one of Washington's closest security allies in the region.

Relations had cooled after former President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown by the military in 2013 after mass protests against his rule, but ties with former general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was later elected to succeed him, have steadily improved.

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Quite interesting, considering they bought the Rafale too.

The Rafale is a more modern aircraft capable of doing the roles the F-16 can do so I'm a little puzzled as to why they want both?
 
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