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Release No: 425-00
July 20, 2000


The government of Egypt has requested a possible sale of six SPS-48E Three Dimensional (3D) Land Based Radar, decoys, spare and repair parts, test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor technical support and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $182 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.

This radar will allow Egypt to have overlapping detection capability as well as frequency agility within their 3D radar detection capability. This will enhance their ability to detect, identify, and report on all aircraft and missiles within their area of responsibility with increased probability. This radar will provide the Egypt an air defense command with real time display of all air activity and is rugged to support a wide range of operations in all types of weather and terrain conditions. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing these radar into its armed forces.

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

The prime contractor will be the ITT Gilfillan of Van Nuys, Calif. 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 and contractor representatives to Egypt for a year to assist in the installation of the systems. There will be two U.S. government representatives for a month to assist in the delivery and resolve problems.

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

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