US approves sale of tank rounds to Egypt


The United States State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of 46 000) M831A1 and M865 rounds and 10 000 APFSDS-T rounds for an estimated cost of $99 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale on 17 September.

Egypt has requested to buy 46 000 120 mm Target Practice – Tracer (M831A1) and 120 mm Target Practice, Cone Stabilized, Discarding Sabot – (M865) rounds and 10 000 120 mm 4th-Generation Kinetic Energy-Tungsten (KE-W) A4 Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot with Tracer (APFSDS-T) rounds.

Also included are 4 500 120 mm Insensitive Munitions High Explosive with Tracer (IM HE-T) tank rounds, training, testing inspections, spares, support and test equipment.

The DSCA said Egypt will use the 120 mm IM HE-T cartridges to maintain a strategic munitions inventory for its M1A1 tank fleet and in support of operations against militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the Sinai.
“They will use the target practice rounds to train M1A1 crews in proper crew procedures in a training environment using munitions that cost a fraction of tactical rounds and have nearly zero explosive or penetrating capability. Egypt has been producing this type of ammunition under an existing co-production agreement for approximately 15 years. Egypt intends to use the APFSDS-T rounds to replace older model 120 mm KE-W, KE-W Al, and KE-W A2 ammunition to maintain a strategic munitions inventory for its M1A1 tank fleet.”

The prime contractor involved in this programme is General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.