Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East, overthrew its monarchy in 1952 and became a republic. Initially hostile to Israel, Egypt fought a number of military engagements against its neighbor beginning in 1948. In 1979, Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty that has withstood regional turmoil for several decades. In recent years, however, Egypt has struggled with severe instability, beginning with the ouster of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011. In July 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of Mohammed Morsi was forcibly removed by the military, raising questions about the future trajectory of the state. Concurrently, Egypt struggles to contain the increasing jihadist presence in the Sinai Peninsula, and it is currently engaged in military operations targeting Hamas supply lines along the border of the Gaza Strip.

  • Population
  • Military EXHD
    2.2% of GDP
  • Fit for Service
  • GDP
    $262 Billion

GE Awarded $8 Million to Provide Aircraft Engine Technical Services to the U.S. Air Force, Bahrain, Israel, and Egypt

General Electric Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded an $8,413,259 firm-fixed-price contract for engineering and technical services in support of GE engines. Contractor will provide support for F110-GE-100/129, A-10 TF-34, KC-135F-108, TF-39/F-138, F108-CF-100/200/201, F101-GE-102, F118-GE-100, J85-21B, F110, and F-16 C/D engines. Contractor engineering and technical services will be provided by the original manufacturer to elevate […]


UTAS Awarded $11.5 Million to Provide Reconnaissance Pod Parts to Egypt

UTAS – a division of Goodrich, Westford, Massachusetts, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $11,500,000 predominately firm-fixed-price contract for Egypt Peace Vector DB-110 Reconnaissance program. Contractor will provide initial parts for two DB-110 reconnaissance pods and an initial study for one existing DB-110 reconnaissance pod. Work will be performed at Westford, Massachusetts, and is expected to […]


Boeing Awarded $208 Million to Provide Harpoon Missiles to Egypt, Korea, Others

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $207,534,768 not-to-exceed, firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 51 full rate production Lot 90 Harpoon weapon systems, components, and spares for the governments of Egypt (20); Korea (19); and Brazil (12).  In addition, this contract provides for components and spares for the Navy; and the […]


CAPCO LLC and Armtec Countermeasures Co. Win $47 Million to Replenish Countermeasure Cartridges for US Allies

CAPCO LLC, Grand Junction, Colorado (FA8213-17-D-0001); and Armtec Countermeasures Co., Coachella, California (FA8213-17-D-0002), have been awarded a combined, not-to-exceed $47,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for replenishment of BBU-48 A/B impulse cartridges. Work will be performed at Grand Junction, Colorado; and Lillington, North Carolina, and is expected to be complete by June 15, 2023. This contract involves […]


Egypt Takes Delivery of First Type 209 Submarine

Egypt’s first Type 209/1400 submarine has formally handed over by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) at its Kiel yard and the second has been launched, the Egyptian military announced on 12 December. The handover of the first boat, S 41, comes almost exactly a year after TKMS announced its launch and revealed that Egypt had ordered […]


Intuitive Research and Technology Corp. Awarded $7.5 Million to Provide Short-Range Air Defense Programmatic Services to Egypt, Qatar, Others

Intuitive Research and Technology Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $7,523,118 modification (P0003BG) to foreign military sales (India, Egypt, Finland, the Republic of Korea, and Qatar) contract W31P4Q-07-A-0015 for programmatic services for the cruise missile defense system project office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2017.  […]


Russia Offers Egypt Modern Armament, Electronic Warfare Systems for Mistral Ships

Russia has offered Egypt modern armament and electronic warfare systems and communications means to mount on Mistral helicopter carriers and the negotiations are continuing, presidential aide for military and technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin told TASS on Thursday. “The Russian Federation has offered Egypt a wide range of equipment and military hardware to mount on Mistral […]


General Electric Aviation Awarded $8 Million to Provide Life Extension Kits for Egyptian F-16 Engines

General Electric Aviation, Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded an $8,029,735 modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA8122-16-F-0042. Contractor will provide five Service Life Extension Program F110-100 engine kits. Work will be performed at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2017. This contract is 100percent foreign military sales to Egypt. Air […]


State Department Approves $81.4 Million Sale of Missile Warning Systems for Egyptian Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) for AH-64E Apache, UH-60 Blackhawks, and CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $81.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this […]


The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]


The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]


Israel Bolsters Its Sinai Border Amid ISIS Threats

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an audio message this weekend threatening Israel with a devastating attack. The message was Baghdadi’s most direct warning yet against the Jewish state, but one that will not have come as a surprise in Jerusalem. Israel deems the group’s branch in Egypt’s neighboring Sinai Peninsula its most effective […]


Containment: The Gulf States’ Game Plan for Yemen

The Saudi-led international coalition operating in Yemen announced late last month it had ended the first phase of its nearly month-long campaign in the country. Though the coalition fell short of its stated goal of returning Yemen’s internationally recognized government to power, it insists that in removing the threat of spillover to Yemen’s neighbors, it […]


An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 3,104* (22)

Aircraft 838* (129)

Artillery 3,851 (0)

Ground Vehicles 8,753* (807)

Guided Munitions 16,584* (2,715)

Personnel 917,500 (0)

Ships 159 (13)