DELIVERY OF ten Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt is to go ahead following the lifting of the ban on military aid to the country earlier this year. The embargo was lifted on April 22 and on September 20 Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed that clearance has been given for the helicopters to be shipped to Egypt.
Kirby said that US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had spoken to Egyptian Minister of Defence Colonel General Sedki Sobhy the previous morning to confirm that the delivery would go ahead to support the country’s counter-terrorism efforts. There has still been no announcement on a timescale for these deliveries. However, it is believed that all ten were manufactured last year, before the arms embargo was imposed, therefore they should now be available for early delivery. Alan Warnes