The US is to spend $210 million upgrading Egypt’s fleet of Damyat (Knox) and Mubarak (Oliver Hazard Perry) class guided missile frigates.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the US Congress the country may provide technical services in support of the four Perry and two Knox-class frigates along with “associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.”
The work includes the “refurbishment and upgrading of facilities, engineering change proposals, tools and test equipment, software upgrades, engine component improvement, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, US government and contractor technical and logistical support services, and other related programme requirements.”
“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,” the DSCA says.
“Egypt intends to use the technical services provided to maintain the systems installed on the US Navy (USN) supplied ships and USN supplied systems installed aboard Egyptian Navy platforms,” they add. “The technology in these systems is maintenance intensive and requires a dedicated repair and replacement parts program to ensure the ships remain fully mission capable. This sale will provide the technical expertise, repair capability, and access to spare parts required to keep the systems operational. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing this support into its armed forces.
“The proposed sale of this service will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”
Pic: A US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate similar to that used by the Egyptian Navy