The United States will deliver ten Boeing AH-64D Block II Apache helicopter to Egypt following the lifting of the suspension of military aid earlier this year, while a $3.5 billion arms deal with Russia is to include submarines, surface-to-air missiles and jets.

United States defence secretary Chuck Hagel earlier this month confirmed the Apache deliveries would go ahead. On September 20 Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said Hagel spoke to Egyptian defence minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy about the deliveries. “The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a strong bilateral relationship and agreed to continue to engage regularly,” Kirby said.

The US lifted its suspension of military aid to Egypt on April 22 this year. […]