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Egypt is expanding its naval arsenal with another German submarine

BERLIN, (BM) – The German government has agreed to provide Egypt with another German-built submarine, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The case is considered controversial because of the violation of human rights by the Egyptian authorities and their participation in regional armed conflicts.

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At the request of the manufacturer, which is the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipbuilding group, the Federal Security Council issued a “final decision on approval,” said Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier in the Bundestag Economy Committee

The permit concerns the fourth export submarine of the type 209 / 1400 mod already intended for Egypt and, thus, the full implementation of the contract, the conclusion of which the Egyptian side confirmed back in 2012.

During his visit to Egypt last year, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called this country an “important partner” in ensuring the region’s stability.

The third ship built was handed over to the recipient in Kiel in April of this year, two previously manufactured ones were put into operation in 2017.

In Israel, fears were expressed that supplies would strengthen Egypt’s military stance with regional partners, but last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he agreed to the sale in 2014.

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The structure that approves the export contracts for the armament of German companies of the Federal Security Council includes the German Chancellor, the head of the Chancellor and six ministers of foreign affairs, defense, finance, internal affairs, justice and economics.

On April 9 Egyptian Navy has received the third of four HDW Class 209 submarine

As we reported earlier this year, on April 9, 2020, “S43” as the third of four HDW Class 209/1400mod submarines was officially handed over by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Following the very strict corona prevention measures at the shipyard, the handover took place in Kiel without a ceremony, amongst only the inner circle of project managers.

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, stated: “Given the global corona pandemic, this handover marks a very special milestone for us. We are extremely proud of our employees, who completed the boat on time and in line with our comprehensive health protection measures. A big thank you for this. With tremendous care and discipline, something very special has been achieved! Our thanks also go to our customer, who has always put great trust in our capabilities!”

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In a personal letter prior to the handover, Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled Hassan Said, Chief of the Egyptian Navy, praised the high quality of the boat and the outstanding performance of the employees of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. He expressed his gratitude to all of them for ensuring the delivery on schedule. He added that this proves how strong and trustful both sides cooperate even in challenging times.

About “S43”: The submarines of the HDW Class 209/1400 mod series are extremely reliable, can stay submerged for a long time, are fast, and are hard to locate thanks to their low signatures. The HDW Class 209/1400mod is the latest version of the HDW Type 209 “family” with over 60 boats built or under contract.

The launch and naming of “S43” took place in May 2019. The first submarine, “S41”, was delivered in December 2016 and the second, “S42”, in August 2017. It is planned that the program will end with the handover of the fourth boat in 2021.

Egypt Pays $554M to material and labor services in support its Navy ships

As we noted last year the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) for various ships for an estimated cost of $554 million on July 31.

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The Government of Egypt has requested a possible sale of Follow on Technical Support (FOTS) that provides for material and labor services in support of Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigates (FFG-7 class ships), Fast Missile Craft (FMC), Mine Hunter Coastal (MHC) ships, Coastal Mine Hunter (CMH) ships, and 25 Meter and 28 Meter Fast Patrol Craft (FPC).

The proposed sale is essential to maintain Egypt’s national security, regional stability, and the free flow of worldwide commerce via the Suez Canal.

Egypt intends to use this technical maintenance and service support to ensure the Egyptian Navy is operationally capable of providing coastal defense and security.

The proposed sale will increase the Egyptian Navy’s material and operational readiness. Egypt will have no difficulties absorbing this support into its armed forces.

The proposed sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractor for Engineering Services Support will be VSE Corporation and U.S. Government activities will provide FOTS for Egypt.

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A powerful digital ‘hypersonic hunter’ might be deployed to Egypt

As we reported on June 8 Egypt may acquire the Russian “Resonance-Ne” radar, which is characterized by its accuracy and breadth, in addition to the “Protivnik-GE 3D” radar.

Citing satellite imagery, the RT report discussed presence of the radar near an Egyptian coast last year during a military exercise.

The radar allows the detection and identification of various air targets from long distances, and is capable of detecting an aerial target such as a fighter jet at an altitude of 10,000 meters at a distance of 350 km.

This radar system can track up to 500 targets simultaneously, including those that use (stealth), in addition to detection of winged cruise missiles.

The presence of radar enables Egypt to detect movements in a range that includes parts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and covers Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and southern Turkey and part of the territory of Libya and other countries in the region.

For its part, the Russian company, Rosoboronexport, announced its plans to export the modern radar 59H6-TE, capable of tracking hypersonic targets.

Russian military expert Yuri Knutov confirmed to RT that this radar will be highly needed in the market, as countries need to think now how to defend themselves against hypersonic missiles.

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The expert said that this radar would be required among traditional Russian agents such as Egypt and Algeria, and would be very effective in integrating it with Russian air defense systems in these countries.

Among the potential buyers of the Russian radar, the expert referred primarily to India, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Iran, Egypt and Algeria.

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