US State Department approves potential sale of radars, planes to Egypt

Mike Stone, Reuters

Posted at Jan 26 2022 10:07 AM | Updated as of Jan 26 2022 10:30 AM

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules is deployed to Tonga with aid to help out the country devastated by a nearby eruption and tsunami, in Auckland, New Zealand January 20, 2022. CPL Dillon Anderson/New Zealand Defence Force/Handout via Reuters
A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules is deployed to Tonga with aid to help out the country devastated by a nearby eruption and tsunami, in Auckland, New Zealand January 20, 2022. CPL Dillon Anderson/New Zealand Defence Force/Handout via Reuters

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of air defense radars and C-130 Super Hercules planes to Egypt for a combined value of more than $2.5 billion, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The potential sale of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules planes for as much as $2.2 billion would include support equipment, spares and technical support, the Pentagon said. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the planes, the Pentagon said.

The government of Egypt has also sought to buy three SPS-48 Land Based Radars spares, motor generators, training and associated equipment. L3Harris Technologies was the prime contractor for the radars which could cost as much as $355 million, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale on Tuesday.

Despite approval by the State Department, the notification does not indicate that a contract has been signed or that negotiations have concluded. (Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington, with additional reporting by Katharine Jackson; Editing by Leslie Adler and Mark Porter)