U.S. now wants to increase arms sales to Egypt after rivals moved to fill vacuum

The Obama administration has approved the sale of additional fighter jets and attack helicopters to Egypt.

The move came amid improved relations between Washington and Cairo and after U.S. defense firms voiced concern that a major market was slipping away in the wake of recent sales by France and Russia to Egypt.

Russia’s arms sales to Egypt are focused on weapons and equipment for riot control and special operations forces. Experts, though, say Moscow sees improved relations with Egypt as an opening to establish a naval base in the Mediterranean as an alternative to the unsafe Tartus base in Syria.

Russia is looking to revive its Soviet-era naval complex in Alexandria, experts say.

Full article: U.S. now wants to increase arms sales to Egypt after rivals moved to fill vacuum (World Tribune)

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