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Egypt, Arab Countries Sign Massive Arms Deals With U.S.

Posted by avideditor on January 7, 2010

Egypt, Arab Countries Sign Massive Arms Deals With U.S.: “Malkah Fleisher
A7 News

US airplane manufacturer Lockheed Martin has been given permission by the US government to sell 24 F-16 jet fighters to Egypt in a $3.2 billion deal. Congress was notified of the deal in October, according to a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin. Pentagon report released by Haaretz newspaper says the Egyptian F-16 deal is aimed at making Egypt a ‘more valuable partner in the Middle East’ in addition to supporting ‘Egypt’s own self-defense needs,’ according to the UPI news agency. Additionally, Israel’s neighbor will receive four batteries of highly advanced Harpoon Block II anti-ship cruise missiles, four fast missile boats, 450 Hellfire anti-tank missiles (to be sold with restrictions on use and transfer, according to the Pentagon), and 156 jet engines for F-16 aircraft.

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