FMS: Egypt Requests Additional M1A1 Abrams Tanks

Released on Friday, October 3, 2003
M1A1 Abrams
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Egypt of a Co-Production of M1A1 Main Battle Tanks as well as associated equipment and services.

The Government of Egypt has requested a co-production program for the possible sale of 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits with Commander's Independent Thermal Sight (CIT-V), firepower enhancement package, armor upgrades, 125 M256 120mm guns, 125 M2 .50 caliber machine guns, 250 M204 7.62mm machine guns as well as spare and repair parts and associated equipment and services etc.

The estimated cost of this co-production program could as high as $920 million with all options included.

Egypt will employ the M1A1s to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-made Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). The M1A1 co-production program started in 1988 and this potential FMS will increase the quantity tanks to be produced from 755 to 880.

On September 24th, Egypt requested the possible sale of 21 M88A2 HERCULES heavy recovery vehicle kits and 21 M2 machine guns as well as associated equipment and services.

The estimated cost is $96 million.

Egypt will utilize M88A2 vehicles to support its M1A1 Abrams fleet in hoisting, towing, and wrecking operations as well as supporting and evacuating heavy tracked vehicles.


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