Royal Australian Flying Force A330 MRTT (Airbus)
BEIRUT: Egypt’s newest arrangement to buy 30 brand-new Rafale jets will open prospects for other arms deals with France, professionals inform Breaking Defense.
“As part of the exact same contract, Egypt will probably acquire additional military devices including FalconEye observation satellite and A330 multi-role tanker transportation (MRTT) airplane produced by Plane,” military researcher and defense analyst at the Arab Online Forum for Policy Analysis in Cairo Mohammad Al-Kenany informed me.It likewise enhances Paris’ strategic partnership with Cairo, Mohamad Hassan, researcher and defense expert at the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies stated.
“Egypt is among the most important security and financial partners of France, so it is in Paris’ interest to reinforce its relations with a nation that shares the very same tactical visions in Libya, the eastern Mediterranean, El Sahel and the Sahara, specifically ones connected to fighting terrorist and extremist groups concealed behind the veil of social, cultural and religious work.”
Back in 2016, Egypt signed numerous offers worth $2.2 billion consisting of a military telecom satellite by France’s Plane Space Systems and Thales Alenia Space, however an agreement to obtain an observation satellite never saw the light due to high-cost reasons.
“Today, the 2 parties are all set to progress with 2 FalconEye satellites, as financial problems are settled,” Al-Kenany included. “The satellite will resemble the one operated by the UAE militaries.”
Cairo has actually likewise been considering the MRTT tanker since 2014, due to the absence of air refueling capabilities within its Flying force.
“This is big as Egypt will have air refueling capabilities for the first time ever,” he told me. “If the Rafale, Mig-29 and Su-35 fighter jets had the ability to perform friend to friend air refueling abilities on the tactical level, the A330 offers larger capabilities on the strategic level, extending the operational series of the Flying force to 2000 or 3000 km.”
Al-Kenany hopes the number of MRTT’s will double “considered that the Flying force is under continuous advancement plans to increase in amount and quality.”
On top of airplane, there is a lot of naval business in the cards, including 20 brand-new ships varying from fast rocket crafts to light frigates, corvettes and submarines.
“The vessels will be integrated in our local shipyards and the Navy is preparing to change the aged fast-attack crafts Tiger, October and Ramadan with brand-new ones,” Al Kenany said. “We also need extra corvettes for coastal and patrol objectives, possibly 1,000-ton overseas patrol vessels, Gowind ships and even extra 3,000 load MEKO-class ships.”
For submarines, Al-Kenany said the Navy will not choose the four German Type 209/1400 mod class subs currently in service. Cairo will possibly be used 2 additional Type-214 while Naval Group of France will be contending to offer its Scorpene sub, Al-Kenany revealed.He also confirmed
that Cairo has just recently obtained four Ground Master 400(GM400) digital 3D air defense radars from Thales, providing C2 centres with superior situational awareness at all times. Source