After Washington’s announcement, what is the importance of attaching “Chinook” planes to the Egyptian army?

According to the Pentagon, Egypt ordered the purchase of 23 Chinook-47-F helicopters and said that the main contractor would be Boeing.

According to the US Department of Defense, the agreement comes to “support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to enhance the security of a major non-NATO ally”, describing Egypt as the “Washington’s major strategic partner in the Middle East”. East.”

Observers and military affairs specialists described the new agreement as the culmination of the “golden year” of strategic and military relations between Egypt and the United States, and a strong indication of the growing strategic partnership between the two countries in advanced stages.

Defense policy researcher Mohamed Hassan said the latest operation follows a spate of arms operations that began this year, with the approval of the supply of 12 C-130 “Super Hercules” tactical transport aircraft, worth of 2,200 million dollars, with several radar systems SBS.- 48″, passing through the Pentagon’s discussion of supplying Egypt with “F-15” fighters, in a precedent that is the first of its kind, which leads to the recent agreement to supply Cairo with Chinook Helicopters.

Hassan explained in an interview with “Sky News Arabia”, that in 5 months, almost $5 billion worth of arms deals were agreed between Egypt and the United States, and this is an exceptional development under the scale of American relations. with its strategic partners outside NATO, except Ukraine, which acquired 40 billion dollars in financial and military aid from the United States.

special specifications

The defense policy researcher pointed out that the “type 47-F” Chinook is the last of the Chinook family, manufactured by the Boeing company, with an operational range of about 600 km, and an operational radius of more than 300 km.

He explained that this helicopter is intended for tactical transport, and is capable of transporting between 30 to 50 combatants with full combat equipment, and can also carry payloads of up to 12 tons, as well as a howitzer cannon along with one or two Humvees. .

Hassan pointed out that these helicopters have a very complex electronic package and rely on a radar system (AN/APQ-174AIt also includes systems for identifying the enemy from the friend and determining “GPS” air navigation, and the system (AAR-54) to warn against missiles.

In a good assessment, the latest agreement will represent significant additional capabilities for the Egyptian airborne forces, tactical transport capabilities and rapid support, since the helicopters are intended to provide support, ammunition and weapons to the forces, as well as being the best option for the movement of special forces and their transport missions.

The US Department of Defense stated that the deal “will enhance Egypt’s heavy lift capability” and that “Egypt will use this capability to enhance its national defense and deter regional threats.”

The US Department was also keen to point out that the deal “will not ruin the basic military balance in the region.”

strategic development

The defense policy researcher said the past year represented a banner year for relations between Cairo and Washington, surprising many analysts and observers who expected a possible cooldown in relations with the administration of President Joe Biden, but the strategy remains The partnership between the two countries has entered an unprecedented stage of cooperation and political coordination. Security and military issues in many hot topics in the region.

And last March, the commander of the Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, announced the intention of the United States to equip the Egyptian army with F-15 aircraft, with amazing specifications that give them great strategic importance.

Hassan added: “We saw a resumption of strategic dialogue between the two countries last November, after a 6-year hiatus, after which a series of important visits by senior White House officials to Cairo took place, such as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and the leaders of the United States Central Command and the leaders of its naval formations.

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