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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 424-00
July 20, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO EGYPT ANNOUNCED

The government of Egypt has requested a possible sale for the upgrade of 35 AH-64A toAH-64D model attack helicopters excluding AH-64D Longbow Fire Control Radar, 35 Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors (TADS/PNVS), two spare target acquisition designation sights, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. quality assurance teams, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor technical support and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $400 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.

Egypt desires these articles to fulfill their strategic commitments for self-defense, with coalition support, in the region. The proposed sale will upgrade its anti-armor day/night missile capability, provide for the defense of vital installations and provide close air support for the military ground forces. Egypt, which already has Apache helicopters in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters.

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

The principal contractors will be the Boeing Co. of Mesa, Ariz., and Lockheed Martin Electronics and Missiles of Orlando, Fla. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of several U.S. government quality assurance teams to Egypt for two weeks to assist in the delivery of deployment of the systems. There will be four U.S. government and four contractor representatives for one-week intervals twice annually to participate in program management and technical reviews. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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