The US State Department approved Tuesday two major military equipment sales to Egypt of transport aircraft and radar systems, despite ongoing concerns in Washington over Cairo’s human rights record.
The sale of 12 C-130 J Super Hercules transports and accompanying equipment is worth $2.2 billion.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the sale, still not finalized, “will improve Egypt’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing airlift support for its forces by moving supplies, equipment, and people.”
The aircraft can also be used for maritime patrol and rescue missions, it added.
In a second deal, Egypt can buy ground-based air defense systems worth $355 million to help it fend off air threats.