Egypt: Technical Support for 6 Frigates
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress this past week of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for the continuation of technical services in support of 4 OLIVER HAZARD PERRY and 2 KNOX CLASS Frigates and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $210 million.The Government of Egypt has requested a possible sale for the continuation of technical services in support of four (4) OLIVER HAZARD PERRY and two (2) KNOX CLASS Frigates that includes, but is not limited to, refurbishment and upgrading facilities, engineering change proposals, tools and test equipment, software upgrades, engine component improvement, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor technical and logistical support services, and other related program requirements. The estimated cost is $210 million.
Egypt intends to use the technical services provided to maintain the systems installed on the U.S. Navy (USN) supplied ships and USN supplied systems installed aboard Egyptian Navy platforms. The technology in these systems is maintenance intensive and requires a dedicated repair and replacement parts program to ensure the ships remain fully mission capable. This sale will provide the technical expertise, repair capability, and access to spare parts required to keep the systems operational. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing this support into its armed forces.