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

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 […]


State Department Approves $70 Million Sale of Sentinel Short-Range Air Defense Radars to Egypt

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for Sentinel AN/MPQ-64F1 Radars and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 16, 2016. The Government of Egypt has […]


DCNS Completes Egypt’s First Gowind Corvette

French shipbuilder DCNS has completed assembly of the first Gowind 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy at its facility in Lorient. The vessel will soon be fitted with weapons and equipment for delivery in 2017. Alexandria Shipyard is building the other three Gowinds on order, and in April this year cut the first steel in […]


Egyptian Navy’s Commissions New Missile Corvette

The Molnya (Project 1242.1)-class missile corvette that Russia donated to the Egyptian Navy last year has been commissioned into service, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 August. The announcement came a year after Egypt said Russia was donating the vessel R-32 (832). At that time, R-32 was in Egypt to attend the […]


Swiftships LLC Awarded $15 Million to Acquire Production Kits for Egyptian Patrol Craft

Swiftships LLC, Morgan City, Louisiana, is being awarded a $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for 28-meter coastal patrol craft production material kits, 4.7-meter rigid inflatable boats, forward looking infrared system, diagnostic equipment, and contractor engineering technical services.  This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Egypt.  Work will be performed in Morgan City, Louisiana, and is expected […]


Mali and Egypt to Receive C295s This Year

This year Mali will receive a single C295 and Egypt will take delivery of the remaining three of 24 examples it has on order, according to Airbus officials, who believe Africa is a key market for the tactical airlifter. Airbus announced in February that Mali would get a single winglet-equipped C-295W. Fernando Ciria, Head of […]


GE Aviation Awarded $27 Million to Provide SLEP Kits for Egyptian F-16s

GE Aviation, Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $26,979,910 undefinitized contract action for F110 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) kits. Contractor will provide 12 SLEP kits composed of 18 individual kits that support the F110-100 engines used in the Egyptian Air Force F-16 fleet. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to Egypt. […]


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 158 (14)