Egypt requests $70m sale of Sentinel AN/MPQ-64F1 radars from US

19 September 2016 (Last Updated September 19th, 2016 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of $70m potential sale of Sentinel AN/MPQ-64F1 radars to Egypt.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of $70m potential sale of Sentinel AN/MPQ-64F1 radars to Egypt.

Under the sale, Egypt requested eight Sentinel AN/MPQ-64F1 radars, as well as software, training, spare components and support equipment.

The AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel is a 3D phased-array system that operates in the X-band frequency range.

It automatically detects, track, identifies and reports airborne threats, including helicopters, high-speed attack aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The sale will also cover single channel ground and airborne radio system (SINCGARS) VRC-92E radios, and 16 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV) Ml 152 with shelter carrier kits.

"Egypt is currently looking to expand its existing air defence architecture to counter aerial threats."

Egypt has also requested technical manuals, US Government and contractor support, training and other associated support, equipment and services.

The procurement will improve the country’s military capabilities, as well as interoperability between Egypt, the US, and other allies.

Egypt is currently looking to expand its existing air defence architecture to counter aerial threats.

Thales Raytheon Systems will serve as the principal contractor for the sale.

The US support demonstrates a commitment to Egypt as its strategic partner continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.


Image: AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel. Photo: courtesy of US Army.