WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Pentagon notified Congress on Tuesday it has approved a $42 million sale of Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to Egypt.

Assuming there are no congressional objections, the Egyptians will be offered 560 AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles and associated spare parts and support equipment, the Pentagon said.

The sale will be overseen by the U.S. Navy and the prime contractors will be the Raytheon Corp. of Lowell, Mass., and the Ford Aerospace & Communications Corp. of Newport Beach, Calif., the Pentagon added.

The United States has previously sold Sidewinder missiles to Egypt for use by that country's air force and its American-made F-16 fighters.

''This sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,'' the Pentagon said.

''The sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.''