US approves sale of helicopter countermeasures to Egypt


The United States has approved a possible sale to Egypt of countermeasures systems for its AH-64E, UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 7 October said the State Department had approved the possible foreign military sale and notified Congress.

The deal would be for 67 AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) and related equipment, training, and support for a total cost of $81.4 million.
“The proposed sale of the CMWS will equip the Egyptian Air Force’s fleet of multimission helicopters with a detection system for infrared missile threats,” the DSCA said.

The prime contractors would be BAE Systems and DynCorp.