US approves the sale of three SPS-48 Land Based Radars to Egypt

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on January 25, 2022, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of Air Defense Radar Systems SPS-48 and related equipment for an estimated cost of $355 million.
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L3Harris SPS-48 Land-based Radar. (Picture source L3 Harris)

The Government of Egypt has requested to buy three (3) SPS-48 Land Based Radar (LBR), spares, motor generators, repeaters, radomes, technical manuals, site surveys, installation, calibrations, testing, operator training, and maintenance training associated with the SPS-48 LBR; obsolescence replacements of processor, track management system, communication equipment, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), generators, and/or Transmitter Control Unit in fielded SPS-48 LBR systems; updated built-in-testing (BIT) and overhaul of fielded SPS-48 LBR antenna systems; and other related elements of logistical and program support

The proposed sale will improve Egypt’s capability to meet current and future threats by improving the detection of various air threats. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces since Egypt already operates previously procured SPS-48 Land Based Radars.

The principal contractor will be L3 Harris Surveillance Systems, Van Nuys, CA. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Egypt with the exception of periodic trips that are 1-5 weeks in duration to participate in program reviews, inspect installations, verify testing, and buy-off equipment.

The L3Harris SPS-48 Land-based Radar is the latest in a long line of long-range three-dimensional radars providing superior support for fixed and transportable land-based applications.

The SPS-48 is a multi-use, high-performance air surveillance radar that detects and tracks airborne targets, queues weapons systems, and provides excellent hazardous weather detection and display. Transmitter power, beam spacing in both elevation and azimuth, pulse rates, and instrumented range are all configurable so that system capability can be modified to meet changing mission requirements.