The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the US Congress of the possible sale of six Boeing CH-47D Chinook twin-rotor heavy-lift helicopters to Egypt under the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sale programme.
Should the deal be approved, the US will also provide Egypt related spares and equipment. The DSCA says the total estimated cost is $308 million.
A DSCA statement says the spares and equipment includes 16 T55-GA-714A engines, eight AN/APR-39A(V)1 Radar Signal Detecting Sets with Mission Data Sets, eight AN/APX-117 Transponders with TS-4530 Interrogator/Transponder Test Sets, eight AN/ARC-220 (RT-1749) High Frequency Aircraft Communication Systems, flight and radar signal simulators, three M978A4 HEMTT Fuel Tanker trucks and two fork lift trucks.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country, which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
“Egypt will use the CH-47D in support of its armed forces, disaster relief efforts, and joint exercises with US forces in the region. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.
“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” the DSCA added in the statement.
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies the Egyptian Air Force currently operates three CH47C and 12 CH47D.
Defence Industry Daily reports Egypt originally purchased the CH-47C Chinooks in 1980. It suggests the bulk of the D-fleet were upgraded from C-standard in 2002.