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
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
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