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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 426-00
July 20, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO EGYPT ANNOUNCED

The government of Egypt has requested a possible sale of 311 AN/APX-113 Mark XII Airborne Identification Friend or Foe Selective Identification Feature Systems, testing, aircraft integration, spares and repair parts, support equipment, personnel and maintenance training, publications and technical documentation, U.S. government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $300 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 Middle East.

Egypt will use this system to upgrade their identification capability and improve the overall air defense system within their country. The IFF system will be integrated into air, sea, and ground defense systems to provide identification of friendly aircraft within the Egyptian airspace. The system will increase interoperability with U.S. forces. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing this system into their armed forces.

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

The principal contractors will be BAE Systems, Advanced System of Greenlawn, N.Y. and Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft of Fort Worth, Texas. 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 or contractor representatives to Egypt.

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

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