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Friday, July 31, 2015

Egypt to receive F-16 jet fighters: US Embassy

F-16 Fighting FalconEgypt will receive eight F-16 fighter jets by Friday as part of a $1.3bn US annual military aid package. This comes in light of support for Egypt’s intense efforts to confront terrorism, a press release by the US Embassy in Cairo said Thursday.

“Extremists threaten regional security and these weapons systems provide a new tool to help Egypt fight terrorism,” commented US Embassy Senior Defense Official in Cairo, Major General Charles Hooper

The F-16 Block 52 aircraft is an advanced fighter jet built in the US state of Texas, and joins the Egyptian military’s existing fleet of US-made F-16 aircraft.

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