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U.S. To Sell Egypt Defense Systems

July 22, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Pentagon plans to sell Egypt $882 million in military equipment and support services to upgrade its air defenses.

The deal includes improvements to 35 of Egypt’s Apache attack helicopters, equipment to distinguish friendly and enemy aircraft, radar systems and support and training personnel, Defense Department officials confirmed Saturday.

In a statement, the Pentagon said the proposed sale will give Egypt better capability to attack armored vehicles, defend vital installations and provide better close-air support for its ground forces. It said the deal wouldn’t affect the region’s basic military balance.

Last October, the Pentagon agreed to sell Israel 24 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters converted to the latest model, called the Apache Longbow, equipped with more sophisticated targeting and radar systems.

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