Egypt takes delivery of second batch of MRAP vehicles from United States 20310162

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Egypt takes delivery of second batch of MRAP vehicles from United States
Egypt received on Thursday Sept. 29 a second shipment of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States that it claims would boost the fighting abilities of the armed forces, a statement by Egypt's army spokesman said.
     
Egypt takes delivery of second batch of MRAP vehicles from United States 640 001Egypt received a 2nd batch of MRAP vehicles from United States
(Credit: Ministry of Defense of Egypt)
     
The delivery of the batch took place at an inauguration ceremony, where the head of the vehicles department in Egypt's defense ministry General Khaled Roshdy said that receiving the new vehicles reveals "powerful indications of the depth of strategic relations and shared interests.

The US embassy's senior defence attaché in Cairo, Major General Charles Hooper, stressed the importance of the event and considered it a clear sign of the strong partnership between Egypt and the US that goes back over three decades.

The ceremony was also attended by the US envoy in Cairo R. Stephen Beecroft where he expressed his hope for Egypt's success in different fields, adding that a "powerful Egypt" resembles the security and stability of the whole region.

The US will transfer a total of of 762 MRAPs to Egypt: 400 Caiman MRAPs, 260 RG-33 MRAPss, 90 RG-33L armoured ambulances, and 12 Maxxpro MRAP recovery vehicles. Last May, an initial shipment of MRAP vehicles was transferred to Egypt from the US at no-cost under the US Department of Defence’s Excess Defense Articles grant programme.


(Source: Ahram Online)

 

 

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