The United States has transferred a final shipment of 101 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to Egypt, completing an Excess Defence Articles grant of 930 MRAPs. Egypt has requested 1 000 more.
The US Army on 19 July said that under the grant programme, the MRAP vehicles are transferred at no cost to the Egyptian government. Egypt is responsible for arranging shipment of the vehicles from Sierra Army Depot in California to Egypt. After arrival in Alexandria, Egypt, in May, the MRAP vehicles were loaded onto trains to be taken to a military workshop in Cairo for refurbishment.
United States Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) personnel worked with the Egyptian government and the Tank Automotive and Armament Command Security Assistance Management Directorate to fill the request for 930 MRAP vehicles that was approved in 2015.
The transfer includes M1232 RG33L (baseline RG33), M1233 RG33L (Heavy Armoured Ground Ambulance – HAGA), M1237 RG33 Plus (with additional armour), M1220 Caiman, and M1230 Caiman Plus vehicles, as well as MRAP Recovery Vehicles. Training is included in the package and is ongoing and scheduled in accordance with the Egyptian land forces needs and requests, the US Army said.
The first vehicles arrived in Egypt in May 2016. The numerical breakdown of vehicles is not completely clear, but Egypt is known to have received 400 Caimans, 260 RG33s, 90 RG33L Heavily Armoured Ground Ambulances and 12 Maxxpro recovery vehicles.
Since the initial case back in September 2015, Egypt has submitted another Letter of Request for an additional 1 000 MRAPs.
“USASAC and TACOM SAMD [Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Security Assistance Management Directorate] are working case development for an additional 700 MRAPs that have been identified and another 300 remaining to be selected,” said Security Assistance Command Country Programme Manager Shawn Arrance. “We anticipate offering the case to Egypt in November.”
Egypt will then need to accept the offer to finalize the agreement for the additional 1,000 vehicles.
The total case value for the 2 000 MRAPs is estimated to be $120 million.
“The MRAPs serve as the most appropriate way of satisfying legitimate Egyptian forces’ requirements and priorities,” Arrance said. “Similar items have been previously provided to Egypt under the EDA program.” He added that these vehicles will be used by Egypt to fight against terrorism.
“It has been a successful programme and the good story the US Embassy and the Office of Military Cooperation in Cairo is using as a great example of US and Egypt security cooperation,” said Mohamed Mawari, chief of the MRAP Programme Office for TACOM SAMD. “We have a great relationship and partnership with all stakeholders, OMC, USASAC, contractors (ManTech International), TACOM-SAMD and the Egyptian land forces.”