CAIRO, ($1=15.72 Egyptian Pounds) – The Egyptian Armed Forces have almost 1,200 M1A1 Abrams tanks and are the largest foreign operator of this type of tank, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defense Express. The Egyptian government wants to use the United States to upgrade its main M1A1 Abrams battle tanks to the M1A2 standard.
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It is known that the Egyptian army currently has 1,130 M1A1 Abrams tanks, as well as 1,150 M60A1 and M60A3 tanks and 200 Soviet T-62 tanks. If the project to modernize the Egyptian “Abrams” still starts, Egypt itself will be able to modernize its armored forces only half.
The Egyptians expect to be able to use their Egyptian tank plant, built near Cairo in cooperation with the United States, which aims to produce M1A1 Abrams tanks under license.
The operation of this company started in October 2011, for the last 10 years about 1200 M1A1 Abrams tanks have been produced under the license of the Egyptian Tank Factory, some of these combat vehicles have been exported.
Egypt is the second-largest foreign operator of Abrams tanks. According to open sources, Saudi Arabia has 450 tanks of this type, Morocco – 222 tanks, Kuwait – about 200 tanks, the Iraqi armed forces – about 100 “Abrams”.
Egypt wants to produce K2 Black Panther tanks
As we reported on December 1, the Egyptian authorities behind the scenes of the EDEX defense exhibition in Cairo have begun talks with the South Korean government on the possible organization of licensed production at the facilities in Egypt of the South Korean K2 Black Panther tank.
The authors of the publication note that the data on the negotiations for the possible licensed production of K2 Black Panther in Egypt come against the background of the fact that Cairo and Seoul are already negotiating the possible supply of K9 self-propelled guns to the Egyptian armed forces.
Therefore, it is quite logical to assume that Egypt and South Korea are now, in fact, “on the verge” of signing a major agreement on systematic cooperation in the military and political spheres.
South Korea has a ready-made modification of the K2 tank, which is adapted to the desert climate and which can be sold to Egypt. As early as 2018, Seoul offered its modified K2 Oman, but the actual signing of the contract never came.
Interestingly, in 2018 Egypt held talks with Russia on the possible organization of licensed production of T-90 tanks in its capacity. There was talk of a possible delivery of up to 500 T-90s, but Cairo and Moscow could not agree.
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