The United States has released $572 million of aid to Egypt and will soon deliver ten AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the North African nation as it resumes the flow of military aid.
The money had been frozen since October last year and was released some ten days ago after Congressional approval, according to Agence France Presse (AFP), which said the funds would mainly go to pay existing defence contracts.
In April the United States said it would start resuming some of Egypt’s $1.5 billion in annual aid.
On Sunday US Secretary of State John Kerry he was “confident” Egypt would soon receive the Apaches, during a surprise visit to Cairo, AFP reports. “The Apaches will come and they will come very, very soon,” Kerry said at a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri. They will be used for counterterrorism efforts in the Sinai Peninsula.
At the moment the aircraft are in storage in the United States.
Deliveries of F-16C/D fighter jets, M1 Abrams main battle tank kits and Harpoon missiles are still suspended.
Egypt was due to take delivery of 12 AH-64D Block II Apache Longbow helicopters as part of a deal confirmed in May 2009.