The US Army Aviation Regiment will be deployed to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to provide aviation support to the multinational force and observers (MFO) commander.

The army aviation unit, which operates C-23C Sherpa aircraft, has provided support for US and international forces stationed in war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan in the past.

The MFO is an international peacekeeping force that oversees the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Egypt’s military is the world’s tenth largest, with 468,000 personnel, and has deep ties with US armed forces.