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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 115-00
March 08, 2000

POSSIBLE FOREIGN MILITARY SALE OF LANTIRN, SHARPSHOOTER PODS, AND OTHER EQUIPMENT TO EGYPT ANNOUNCED

The Government of Egypt has requested a possible sale of 15 LANTIRN Navigation pods, 15 Sharpshooter targeting pods, associated aircraft integration, support equipment, spare parts, technical orders, publications, training, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $90 million.

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 Egyptian Air Force is undergoing a modernization program that involves upgrading its weapon systems for the F-16 aircraft. The LANTIRN pods will provide the F-16 aircraft with a low altitude navigation and targeting system for night operations. Egypt, which already has LANTIRN pods in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these pods.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed-Martin Electronics and Missiles Corp. of Orlando, Fla. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Egypt.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.