On 5 July the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency published information that Egypt has asked the United States for 125 M1A1 Main Battle Tanks under the Foreign Military Sales program.
The Egyptian military wants to buy 125 M1A1 ‘Abrams’ tanks for co-production in Egypt. Egypt also wants to purchase associated equipment, like 125 M256 armament systems (the 120mm canon), machine guns and spare gas turbines. The deal, worth 1.329 billion US dollars, would also include logistical support and personnel training. The proposal has to be confirmed by the US congress.
Egypt already has more than 1100 M1A1 – also built under licence – as well as about 2880 older main battle tanks (MBT), mainly American M60A3 and Soviet T54/55. Egyptian armour is organized in four armoured divisions, four independent brigades and the 33rd and 35th Republican Guards Armoured Brigades.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) news release states that the proposed deal will “update [Egypt’s] military capability while further enhancing interoperability between Egypt, the US and other allies,” and goes on, “the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”