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Egypt reportedly in talks with Navantia to acquire amphibious assault ships.

| 2022

According to information published by Tactical Report on August 4, 2022, the Egyptian government is reportedly in talks with the Spanish company Navantia to acquire amphibious assault ships and patrol boats.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Egyptian Mistral-class amphibious assault ship ENS Anwar el Sadat (Picture source: Airbase)

The Egyptian Navy already has two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, the Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Anwar El Sadat, that respond to the needs of numerous navies thanks to their versatility.

It allows a wide spectrum of civil and military missions. With a length of 199 meters and a speed exceeding 18 knots, the Mistral-class LHD vessel is characterized by its high capacity for the transportation of troops, equipment, heavy helicopters, and landing craft, which the LHD is capable of projecting around the world.

It is equipped with an electric propulsion system that uses pods. It also has an onboard hospital and can carry out large-scale humanitarian missions. Its highly capable communication system makes it the ideal command vessel within a naval force.

The 2,650-square-metre (28,500 sq ft) vehicle hangar can carry a 40-strong Leclerc tank battalion, or a 13-strong Leclerc tank company, and 46 other vehicles.

The 900 m2 (9,700 sq ft) hospital provides 20 rooms and 69 hospitalisation beds, of which 7 are fit for intensive care. The two surgery blocks come complete with a radiology room providing digital radiography and ultrasonography, and that can be fitted with a mobile CT scanner. 50 medicalized beds are kept in reserve and can be installed in a helicopter hangar to extend the capacity of the hospital in case of emergency.

The Mistral class are armed with two Simbad missile systems, two 20 mm modèle F2 gun, two 30 mm Breda-Mauser, two 7.62 mm M134 miniguns and four 12.7 mm M2HB Browning machine guns.

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