U.S. Embassy – Washington Delivers F-16 Fighter Jets to Egypt

The US is delivering eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Cairo West Air Base today and tomorrow as part of ongoing US support in Egypt and the region, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy in Cairo Thursday.

Built in Fort Worth, Texas, the eight fighter jets are being flown in directly from the United States, and will be immediately integrated into the Egyptian Air Force, joining its existing fleet of US-made F-16 aircraft.

“The F-16s provide a valuable capability that is needed during these times of regional instability. America’s commitment to a strong relationship with Egypt is demonstrated by continued cooperation and capability sharing between our two countries. Extremists threaten regional security and these weapon systems provide a new tool to help Egypt fight terrorism, ” said US Embassy Senior Defense Official in Cairo Major General Charles Hooper in a statement.

The US’ $1.3 billion commitment this year to upgrading Egypt’s security and military strength is especially critical in light of Egypt’s intense efforts to confront terrorism, said the statement.

The F-16 Block 52 delivery is the latest concrete step taken by the US government in support of a friendship and strategic partnership with Egypt that has continued for over 30 years, it added.

The US will deliver four more F-16s to Egypt this fall. In addition, the US will continue providing follow-on support, maintenance, and training for Egyptian Air Force pilots and ground crews.

MENA