The US Department of State approved the amendment previously awarded Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract initially valued at $41.9 million.
Now, the deal will include the supply of an undisclosed number of additional Light Tactical Vehicle chassis to the Egyptian Army, bringing the total cost to $200 million.
The original FMS case included a 4-Man REV1-B rolling chassis with 190 horsepower (hp) diesel engines upgraded to 205 hp turbocharged engines. training on frame assembly process, operations and maintenance; spare parts and repair parts. test equipment; US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services. and other related logistical and program support elements.
The proposed sale will help modernize Egypt’s fleet of light tactical vehicles, “enhancing its ability to respond to current and future threats,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency opined.
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It will be the main contractor AM General of Mishawaka, Indiana. There are no known offsetting agreements proposed in connection with this sale.
Implementation of this sale will require the assignment of up to five additional US Government representatives and three contractor representatives to Egypt for a period of five years to support scoping and training for the program.
According to GlobalData’s Egyptian Defense Market Report 2023-2028the country does not operate any vehicles produced by AM General.
In contrast, the Egyptian Army currently uses 114 units of the Sherpa 4×4 light vehicle supplied by US manufacturer Arquus Defense, which were procured between 2012 and 2016.
In addition, the Egyptian government also signed an agreement in 2017 to acquire 2,000-3,000 Panthera T6 armored multi-purpose vehicles from Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles, an Emirati supplier.
There are two possible explanations for this circumstance: either the Arquus 4×4 chassis is similar to AM General’s 4-Man REV1-B rolling chassis, or the Egyptian government intends to procure AM General’s light tactical vehicle options.
Last year was a big year for the Indiana-based contractor, as it edged out its Wisconsin-based rival, Oshkosh, as a supplier for the US Department of Defense’s latest Joint Light Tactical Vehicle A2. This may be an option the Egyptians are considering.
However, these AM General chassis will contribute to Egypt’s goal of updating its military capabilities while further enhancing interoperability with the US and other allies. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces.
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